Where seen? This pretty climber with bright orange fruits
is often seen in coastal forests, including natural cliffs. It is
also found inland. According to Hsuan Keng, it was found in open sandy
places including Kranji, Changi and Pulau Ubin. 'Mengkudu akar' which
means 'climbing Mengkudu'.
Features: A climbing shrub, it
has elegant leaves that are thin, leathery, narrow and 7-12cm long.
The small white flowers appear in clusters on long stalks arranged
like rays of a star. The little compound fruits are green and turn
Human uses: According to Burkill,
the roots are used to produce a yellow dye. Boiled roots and leaves
are used in traditional medicine. In India, the fruits may be eaten
while green in curries and when raw when ripe. The tough stems are
used as ropes in Sri Lanka.