I am visiting some relatives in Malaysia. They introduced me to this plant and talk about the health benefits of consuming this plant. I am trying to find out more about this plant, but they could only provide the name in the local dialect.

I asked further and confirmed that this plant has a rather roundish white flower. It is currently not blooming so I don't have photos, but the flower is described as small and round, about the size of the first phalanx of the thumb.

The locals call it "Cheng Ma Jin" or some others call it "Tit Ma Cheng". It might be due to different dialects or just pronunciation since they are mostly elderly.

Close up Whole plant Leaves

  • What's it's name in the local dialect? – ShemSeger Mar 12 '18 at 14:43
  • Closest I can get is "Cheng Ma Jin" should be in ke. I am bad with dialects – Ben Ong Mar 12 '18 at 14:54
  • Bit of a long shot but you might try asking on our Gardening site. – DJClayworth Mar 14 '18 at 15:42
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    Ben, this is on-topic, and interesting, so I don't want you to move it. But if you'd like, @DJClayworth had a good suggestion. I'm active at Gardening:SE and identification questions make up a very large portion of their content. There are experts there from all over the world. You could always check out the site and see what you think. It's only been here a few days, though, so if you're not in a hurry, giving it some time here might be helpful. It's up to you, of course! – Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL Mar 16 '18 at 1:14
  • Quick glance makes me think Ilex perhaps, but then again (I can't be sure dueto blurry background of picture but) it looks like the leaves are in an opposite arrangement, which rules out any Ilex I would know... – theforestecologist Jun 7 '18 at 20:35

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