Cynometra cauliflora

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Cynometra cauliflora
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Cynometra
Species: C. cauliflora
Binomial name
Cynometra cauliflora

Cynometra cauliflora, known in Indonesia (Maluku and Manado) as namu-namu (due to the flattened, crescent shaped pods, which look similar to the Indonesian pastry, namu-namu), Ternate namo-namo, this tree is a native of Malaysia, found mainly in northern Peninsular Malaysia. A member of the family Fabaceae (legumes), it is a small, cauliflorous tree with a thick, heavily branched stem, and rather small flowers, about 1.2 cm across, that appear on the stem in clusters.


Each leaf is made up of 2 leaflets, which if not examined closely may appear as 2 leaves. The leaflet is asymmetrical in shape measuring 5–15 cm long and 2.5-7.5 cm wide. They are glossy and smooth, dark green with pale green undersides, and are a rosy pink when young.


The fruit of the Cynometra cauliflora.

The fruits are kidney-shaped, 5–10 cm long and 5 cm wide.The pod does not split open readily, but a line is visible along the fruit and divides it into two. The texture of the skin is coriaceous and uneven, colored a pale greenish/yellow to brown. The pod is edible, with aromatic and juicy yellow pulp, and relatively large seeds.


The tree is usually grown from seed, although it can be propagated by budding, approach grafting and other methods.

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