Batino is common in forests and thickets at low and medium altitudes in
many parts of South-East Asia. It was introduced in India and Sri Lanka.
It is a medium-sized evergreen tree. The leaves are in whorls of three,
oblong-obovate, 10-30 cm long, 5-7 cm wide, pointed at both ends, and
short-stalked. The flowers are small, yellowish-white, and borne on short
cymes at the end of branches. The sepal cup is small. The flowers consist
of a 1-1.5 cm long tube, opening into 5 pure-white petals. The fruit is a
double follicle, pendant, very long, and slender, being 20-40 cm long. The
seeds are small and very flat, with deep-brown, especially along the edges.
In Philippines the bark, in the form of powder, decoction, infusion, tincture, or wine preparation, is used as a febrifuge, a tonic, an antiperiodic, and antidysenteric.