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 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.
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