Sorting Pometia names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :



Pometia eximia Hook.
LAOTIAN : Ching dong, Kha dang, Kouang.

Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.
SYNONYM(S) :  Euphoria pinnata Poir., nom. inval., Nephelium pinnatum Cambess. , Pometia coriacea Radlk., Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. pinnata
CHINESE :  番龙眼  Fan long yan, 番龍眼  Fan long yan (Taiwan).
ENGLISH :  Fiji longan, Island lychee, Kasai tree, Oceanic lychee, Pacific lychee.
FRENCH :  Bois de pieux, Kava (Tahiti), Karva (French Polynesia), Lichi sauvage, Nandao (Vanuatu), Pomet, Pometier.
HINDI :   कसैख़सै   Kasai (translit. of Malay name),  पोमेतिअ पिन्नता (translit. of bot. name).
MALAY :  Kasai, Kasai daun besar, Kasai daun kecil, Kayu sapi (Java), Lengsir (Indonesia), Matoa (Indonesia), Sibu (Sarawak).
RUSSIAN :  Пометия  Pometiia.
SPANISH :  Longán de Fiji.
TAGALOG :  Agupanga, Malugai, Tugaui, Tungai.
THAI :  แดงน้ำ  Daeng-náam.
VIETNAMESE :  Truong, Truong maat
UNIDENTIFIED :  Dawa (Pacific islands), Dawa moli, Dawa sere, Taun (Pacific islands), Tava (Polynesia), Tava kula, Tava moli, Tava toua, Tawa (Pacific islands).

For further Pacific islands names refer to the  paper  by Thomson & Thaman.  

Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. acuminata (Hook. f.) Jacobs
SYNONYM(S) :  Nephelium acuminatum Hook.f., , Pometia acuminata Hook. f., Pometia acuminata (Hook. f.) Radkl.

Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. alnifolia (Blume) Jacobs
SYNONYM(S) :  Pometia alnifolia Blume

Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. cuspidata (Blume) Jacobs
SYNONYM(S) :  Nephelium cuspidatum Blume
เงาะป่า   ngór-bpàa   ->    


Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. glabra (Blume) Jacobs
SYNONYM(S) :  Pometia glabra (Blume) Teijsm. & Binn.

Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. macrocarpa (Kurz) Jacobs
SYNONYM(S) :  Pometia macrocarpa Kurz

Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. repanda Jacobs

Pometia pinnata J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. f. tomentosa (Blume) Jacobs
SYNONYM(S) :  Pometia tomentosa Blume, Pometia tomentosa (Blume) Teijsm. & Binn.
SINHALESE :  Mora, Morakotahena, Morakkottanchenai.
TAMIL :  Murali, Chempoovam.  these names and Sinhala Mora are shared with Dimocarpus longan

Pometia ridleyi King ex Radlk.
MALAY : Kasai daun licin.
THAI :  สาย   Sai (săai)ตาเสือ  Ta seua  (dtaa-sĕua).


I have never felt as uncomfortable with plant names as with this little known genus. P. pinnata is the only species spoken of outside South-east Asia, and even this taxon is lacking names in most languages. On the other hand the Pacific islanders provide us with so many names in so many languages and dialects (most of them not included in the MMPND) that we find it too difficult to sort. On the taxonomic side I have attempted to pair the various forms with other synonyms. These forms may or may not be valid in 2010, if not they would be synonyms of P. pinnata anyhow.  The common names matched to those forms or their synonym(s) are equally unreliable because for example the romanised Tamil முரலி  Murali, செம்பொஒவம Chempoovam (draft scripted names only) and Sinhala Mora are shared with Dimocarpus longan Lour. Given that we are dealing with closely related genera it is important to be more accurate.
So I leave this un-finished set of records open to all suggestions and comments.


General Bibliography
Specific & complementary

Chopde Avinash , 1991-2001, ITRANS - Version 5.30, July 2001 - Minor Updates Version 5.31, December 2009.  < >.
Transliteration tools for Indian languages.

Phou Ngeun SOUK-ALOUN (Dr ).  Pharmacopée Végétale Lao. < >.

Ratchada Pongsattayapipat  2010, Databases, The Botanical Garden Organization, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand. The databases include:  ค้น หาข้อมูลพืช  Search engine (Thai), ค้นหาข้อมูลพืชตามชื่อ วงศ์  Family list (Latin), ผล การค้นหา  LCD Database and its Family list. < >. *****  This is the five star rated Thai site that the world has been waiting for since the internet started : Thai names and their romanized forms all included.

Thomson Lex A. J. & Thaman Randolph R. , 2006, Species Profiles for Pacific Island Agroforestry, Pometia pinnata (tava). < >.

van Welzen Peter C. (Editor), 2008, Flora Malesiana. Euphorbiaceae of Malesia.  List of accepted Euphorbiaceae genera for Malesia. Nationaal Herbarium Nederland. Leiden. < >.

Vidal Jules , 1959,  Noms Vernaculaires de Plantes (Lao, Mèo, Kha) en Usage au Laos. Published online by  Persée, 2005-2010,  Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Université Lumière, Lyon, FRANCE. 2009, English to Hindi Transliteration. < >.


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