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Dolichandrone spathacea Mangrove Trumpet Tree Kayu kuda Bignoniaceae

 

 Mangrove Trumpet Tree, kayu kuda, Dolichandrone spathacea

 

Dolichandrone spathacea

 Mangrove Trumpet Tree, kayu kuda, Dolichandrone spathacea

Malabar to New Caledonia. Locally at scattered sites.

Small tree, to 5 m tall; leaves pinnate, with terminal leaflet and 2-4 pairs of opposite leaflets, young leaves slightly pinkish.
Fruit up to 45 cm long, flattened, curved like a bean pod; seeds dark grey, squarish, with thick corky wings. Confined to the back-mangrove zone and banks of tidal rivers and estuaries.
Leaves are used to make mouth-wash for thrush and lightweight wood for fishing net floats.

 

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