Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Cynometra ramiflora

Cynometra ramiflora Commonly known as Katong Laut, Belangkan, Kangkatung Bukit, Kangkatong Laut or Cynometra is native to India to South East Asia to pacific (Including Singapore!). It is from the family Fabaceae.

Having its crown rounded like an umbrella, this evergreen tree can reach a maximum height of 26m.

The leaves alternate and are smooth. They consist of 1-2 pairs of leaflets which are leathery and about 8-14cm by 2.5-6cm long. Leaflet stalks are very short, about 2-3 mm long. Lateral veins forms loops well inside the blade margin. Young foliage is pinkish to beige in colour.

Its small, yellowish white flowers are found on rather inconspicuous clusters. Their petals are about 5-8 mm long. The flowers are yellowish white, and are surrounded by large bracts.

The fruit is hard, brown, and 2 to 4 centimeters long. The outer surface is clothed in wart-like protrusions.

Seeds are about 18-20mm by 31-35 mm, crescent-shaped to kidney shaped. The dark-brown, heavy and hard timber is used to make door-posts, because it is only found in small quantities, it is only used for construction locally. It is also being cultivated as an ornamental tree.

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