Family • Vitaceae - Leea aculeata Blume

Scientific names

Leea aculeata Blume ex Spreng
Leea aculeata Blanco
Leea biserrata Naves
Leea sandakanensis Ridl.
Leea serrulata Miq.
Frutex aquosus mas Rumph
Ticorea aculeata Blanco

Other vernacular names

BORNEO: Bundong, Denigirut, Kenyupiang, Kruang, Mali-mali beduri, Mali-mali bini, Njebo.

Common names

Amamali (Sul.)
Anmamali (S.L. Bis.)
Bulinaunau (P. Bis.)
Garadat (Bik.)
Gemamali (Buk.)
Humamali (Mbo.)
Hara (Tag.)
Kemamali (Buk.)
Lumali (Sub.)
Mali-mali (Pamp., Tag.)
Mamalig (Mag.)
Pamangkilon (Bis.)
Sipit-kahig (Tag.)
Sipit-kayin (Tag.)


Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Leea aculeata Blume ex Spreng / Common names / Asian Plant

Mali-mali is a shrub or small tree reaching a height of 8 meters. Stems are spiny. Leaves are smooth and trifoliate or pinnate. Leaflets are oblong to subelliptic, up to 15 centimeters in length or more, 3 to 4 centimeters in width, the terminal leaflet being larger, prominently toothed along all margins except the base, pointed at the tip, blunt at the base. Flowers are white, and borne on corymbs 5 to 8 centimeters long. Fruit is red, somewhat rounded, about 1 centimeter in diameter.

– Common in thickets and secondary forests, especially along streams at low and medium altitudes, from the Babuyan Islands and northern Luzon to Mindanao and Palawan, in most or all provinces.
– Also occurs in Borneo, Java, and the Moluccas.

Parts used


– Leaves are reported to be used for purifying the blood.