Parkia speciosa Hassk.,
Flora 25 (1842)
Latin for 'beautiful'.
Inga pyriformis Jungh.
Mimosa pedunculata Hunter
Parkia harbesonii Elmer
Parkia macrocarpa Miq.
Emergent tree up to 54 m tall and 117 cm dbh. Stipules? Leaves alternate,
compound, leaflets opposite, penni-veined, glabrous, very small. Flowers ca. 1.5
mm diameter, green-yellow, placed in pear-shaped globose pendent inflorescence
with stalks up to 1 m long. Fruits ca. 345 mm long, green, elongate pods.
In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp to sub-montane forests up to 1000 m
altitude. On alluvial sites but also on hillsides and ridges with sandy to clay
soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree or
The seeds are edible, often used in stews. Young leaves and fruits are used
to make a medicine against liver diseases, worms, high blood pressure and
Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (throughout the
island), Philippines. Outside this area it is also cultivated.
Borneo: Kupang, Patai, Petai, Petai hutan, Potah.