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Cynometra ramiflora mass flush Kopi anjing Leguminosae

 

 mass flush, kopi anjing, Cynometra ramiflora

 

Cynometra ramiflora

 mass flush, kopi anjing, Cynometra ramiflora

This is an erect, small tree up to ca. 10 m tall and 50 cm dbh. The leaves are alternate and smooth, and consist of 2 to 6 leaflets. The leaflets are leathery, about 10 centimeters long, and one third as wide. The flowers are yellowish white, corymbosely fascicled or upon short racemes and subtended by large bracts. The fruit is hard, scurfy brown, and 2 to 4 centimeters long.
Found in undisturbed and secondary forest at low and medium altitudes. Often near streams or in coastal forests. Also found in limestone areas.
Distribution ; From India, Sri Lanka and southern China to New Guinea, West Pacific and Australia.
Uses : It is cultivated for its beautiful, pendant inflorescenses covered with large, conspicuous, attractive, silvery bracts. The leaves are used as an antiherpetic, like those of Cassia Alata. The roots purge; that the leaves are used in Malabar to make a lotion for skin diseases; and that oil is drawn from the seeds for the same purpose. The roots are purgative. Timber for interior and light constructions, novelties, plywood and decorative veneers; Fuelwood and charcoal.

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