Mousedeer Plant

Photo by YC Wee
Photo: YC Wee

Name: Mousedeer Plant (Anisophyllea disticha)

Classification: Plantae > Tracheophyta > Magnoliopsida > Rosales > Anisophylleaceae Anisophyllea disticha

Habitat: Understorey of mixed dipterocarp forest and old secondary forest

Description: This forest shrub is immediately recognizable by its slender drooping branches that bear two kinds of leaves arranged in four rows on the same plane. Its characteristic bright red fruits are eaten by birds. Its uses for humans are varied and interesting – stems for walking sticks, flowers as sexual tonics and roots believed to have anti-ageing properties.

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