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Xylocarpus moluccensis Cannonball mangrove Nyiri batu Meliaceae

 

 Cannonball mangrove, nyiri batu, Xylocarpus moluccensis

 

Xylocarpus moluccensis

 Cannonball mangrove, nyiri batu, Xylocarpus moluccensis

Tree 5-20m tall. Compound leaf comprising 2-3 pairs of leaflets (4-12cm long) that are oblong with more pointed tips, thin and leathery. The compound leaves are arranged in a spiral and wither to a vivid yellow. Flowers tiny white to pinkish in clusters on an inflorescence. Fruit elliptical (8-12cm in diameter) containing 5-10 seeds. Bark with longitudinal fissures, small or no buttress roots, many peg-shaped (blunt-tipped, nearly cylindrical) pneumatophores.

Human uses: The timber is moderately light and soft, but strong and seasons well. It is used in construction of houses and boats. In Java, also for the handles of traditional daggers called 'kris'. It is also used as firewood. Traditional medicinal uses include the seeds for treating stomachaches, fruits to increase appetite, bark tannin for intestinal lailments. The bark is also used to tan fishing nets.

 

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