Archidendron globosum (Blume) Nielsen, Adansonia ser. 2, 19, 1 (1979)

Latin for 'sphere-shaped'.

Abarema globosa (Blume) Kosterm.
Abarema kiahii Kosterm.
Albizia rostrata Blume ex Miq.
Feuilleea rostrata (Blume ex Miq.) O.Kuntze
Feuilleea similis O.Kuntze
Inga globosa Blume
Pithecellobium affine Baker ex Benth.
Pithecellobium globosum (Blume) Kosterm.
Pithecellobium rostratum (Blume ex Miq.) Miq.

Tree to 30 m high, 90 cm in diameter. Bark fawn, green, or greyish, surface minutely fissured and cracked, or brown and smooth; slash inner bark cream or white with somewhat disagreeable turnip smell; sapwood white; heartwood dark yellow, soft. Branchlets terete, red-brown, shortly rusty tomentose in the distal parts, often with glandular hairs, glabrescent. Leaves: rachis 6-20.5 cm, scarcely puberulous by patent hairs or shortly tomentose, glands raised, sessile, circular or semiglobose, 1.5-3 mm in diameter; pinnae 1-3 (or 4) pairs, 5-20 cm, scarcely puberulous with patent hairs or shortly tomentose; petiolules 1-4 mm, (patently) puberulous; leaflets (3 or) 4-7 pairs per pinna, opposite, chartaceous, drying dark brown /dark green above and light brown/light green beneath, usually unequal-sided, obovate, elliptic, subtrapezoid, or lanceolate-oblanceolate, 5-17.5 by 1.5-7 cm, base cuneate to asymmetrically half cuneate/half truncate, apex acuminate-caudate, upper surface glabrous with puberulous veins, lower surface glabrous or puberulous, often with reddish glands, midvein usually densely puberulous or hirsute; principal lateral veins 6 or 7 per leaflet-half, non parallel, strongly arching, the lower ones running into the distal half of the leaflet; reticulation dense, prominulous above, prominent beneath Inflorescences terminal or axillary in the distal leaf-axils, rusty tomentose and with glandular hairs, consisting of pedunculate glomerules aggregated into panicles, c. 40 by 40 cm; glomerules consisting of 25-30 sessile flowers; floral bracts spathulate, c. 1 mm, sericeous. Flowers pentamerous, bisexual. Calyx tubular or narrowly funnel-shaped, 3.5-5 mm, densely sericeous and with glandular hairs; teeth triangular, acute, 0.5 mm. Corolla narrowly campanulate, (6-)8-l 1 mm, densely sericeous and with glandular hairs; lobes triangular-ovate, acute, 2-3 mm. Stamens white, c. 15 mm, tube shorter than the corolla-tube. Ovary solitary, glabrous. Pods reddish-orange both outside and within, curved into a semi- to full circle, 6-7 cm in diameter, valves 2-3 cm wide, slightly sinuate, coriaceous, glabrous, with a few prominulous veins, dehiscing first along the ventral suture. Seeds bluish-black, ellipsoid, c. compressed, c. 25 by 10-15 mm. [from Flora Malesiana]

Dense lowland and hilly rain forest, lower montane forest; Along rivers on sandy soils; altitude 0-1000 m.

The acid fruit used in curries and chumies; the roots used for poulticing boils; wood not commercial, but used locally for beams.

Burma, Indo-China, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo.