Sunday, January 31, 2016

Elateriospermum tapos - Kerampai

The seed of Elateriospermum tapos is known a  Perah in Malaya.  It is called Kerampai by the Sarawak Iban, or lepis by the Bidayuh.

Elateriospermum is a monotypic plant genus in the family Euphorbiaceae.  It is found from Southern Thailand, Malaya, Borneo, Java and Sumatra.  The seeds, usually 3 in a fruit capsule, would fell on forest ground as the capsule cracked when ripened.

The seeds are eaten cooked or roasted, but too much may cause dizziness.  Uncooked seeds contain cyanide, thus unconsumable. 
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