Morinda umbellata L.

Etymology Genus Indian (indicus) Mulberry (Morus); common name to the species Morinda citrifolia
Species In an umbel, referring to the type of inflorescence structure
Family Rubiaceae
Synonyms Gynochthodes umbellata (L.) Razafim. & B. Bremer, Guttenbergia umbellata (L.) Zoll. & Moritzi, Morin
Common Names Common Indian Mulberry, Akar Ketang, Akar Perut Ayam
Status Native: Common
Form Woody Climber
Native Distribution China , Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Australia


A woody climber found in coastal areas and inland forests, Morinda umbellata has linear and hairless leaves, with margins being unevenly wavy. The tiny white flowers are arranged in an umbel, while the ripe fruits are orange.

Interesting Facts:

Recent molecular studies have resulted in the change of its genus from Morinda to Gynochthodes (Razafimandimbison & Bremer, 2011), though I still retain the original based on records listed in

Sprawling climber at a Sentosa rocky coast.

Narrow leaves.

Leaf underside.

Flowers arranged in an umbel.

Orange fruits.


Razafimandimbison SG & Bremer B (2011) Nomenclatural changes and taxonomic notes in the tribe Morindeae (Rubiaceae). Adansonia, 33(2): 283-309.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-11-30