Fordia brachybotrys Merr., Philip. J. Sc. 30 (1926)

Latin for 'short racemes'.

Understorey tree up to 19 m tall and 22 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 5 mm long. Leaves alternate, compound, leaflets opposite, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 21 mm diameter, pinkish-purple, placed in racemes. Fruits ca. 120 mm long, green-red, dehiscent, flattened pods.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp and sub-montane forests up to 1200 m altitude. Common near or along rivers and streams, but also present on hillsides and ridges. On clay soils, but also on limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Central- and East-Kalimantan), Philippines.

Local names
Borneo: Badi-badi, Basing-basing, Biansu, Nyetuvah, Obar hutan, Tongodo, Tubai reong, Tulang daing.