Archidendron bubalinum

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Archidendron bubalinum


Small tree, rarely to 20 m high, 25 cm in diameter. Branchlets terete, red, glossy, drying reddish to light brown when dry, scaly, rusty puberulous, glabrescent. Leaves: Inflorescences terminal or axillary at the distal leaves, rusty tomentose-puberulous, ± glabrescent, consisting of pedunculate glomerules aggregated into panicles to 20 cm long; Flowers pentamerous, white, sweetly scented. Stamens c. 9 mm, the tube equalling the corolla-tube. Ovary solitary, glabrous. Seeds black, filling the entire cavity of the pod, the central ones irregularly disc-like, 8-15 mm high, terminal ones turbinate-truncate.


Asia-Tropical: Sumatera (Sumatera present), Malay Penimula present, S Thailand present
S Thailand; in Malesia: Malay PenimulaSumatra.


Seeds used for flavouring food; they contain large amounts of djenkol acid and need the same treatment as those of 13. A. jiringa. Timber used for planking and said to be durable (cf. Burkill, l.c.).


Whitm. 1972 – In: Tree Fl. Malaya. p 284
Corner 1940 – In: Wayside Trees. p 419
Nielsen 1984: p. 50. – In: Opera Bot. f. 22
Burkill 1935 – In: Diet. p 1789
Heyne 1927: Nutt. Pl. Ned. Ind., ed. 2. p 700
Nielsen 1985 – In: Fl. Thailand. p 212