‘Tongkat Ali’

Photo: YC Wee
Photo: YC Wee

Nametongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia)

Classification: Plantae > Magnoliopsida > Sapindales > Simaroubaceae > Eurycoma longifolia

Habitat: Primary and secondary forest, shores and rocky cliffs

Description: This treelet is listed as critically endangered in Singapore, and is threatened by collection for the traditional herb trade. Familiar to many, the tap root of tongkat Ali is well-known for its aphrodisiac properties. Its bark has also been used as treatment for malaria, headaches and wounds.


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