Cynometra cauliflora

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

Foliage[edit]

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.

Fruits[edit]

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.

Propagation[edit]

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

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