|Etymology||Genus||From Greek, ploiarion (small boat) or ploion (floating vessel, ship); referring to the fruit capsule|
|Common Names||Cicada Tree, Riang Riang|
|Native Distribution||Indochina, Peninsula Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo|
Ploiarium alternifolium is a shrub or small tree that can grow to 15m. It is easy to distinguish from its linear, thick leaves with no apparent veins, and lacking a petiole. They are arranged spirally. It also frequently bears white flowers and capsule fruits, which splits open like an umbrella.
From FloraFaunaWeb (2019), a "decoction of the leaves and roots is used in treating stomachache".
A small tree at Nee Soon Swamp Forest, 2023.
A small shrub in Kent Ridge Park, 2018.
Thick elongated leaves with no petiole.
Fissured bark on a larger individual in Nee Soon Swamp Forest.
Fruit capsules that have split.
FloraFaunaWeb. (2019) Ploiarium alternifolium (Vahl) Melch. National Parks Board, Singapore. https://florafaunaweb.nparks.gov.sg. Accessed on 8-Nov-2019.