Kasam is a shrub or small tree, with a compact, bushy crown. Common in forests at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines. Also occurs from northern India to Indo-China and Thailand, through Malaysia to tropical Australia. The fruits are juicy, sweetish and slightly astringent pulp. Cultivate for its fruits mainly in Cambodia.
Fruit is edible containing high antioxidant, anticancer, antimicrobial, CNS depressant, low cytotoxicity properties but for some not a pleasant edibility. In India this plant is used for treatment of leprosy.