Fordia splendidissima (Blume ex Miq.) Buijsen, Blumea 33 (1988)

Latin for 'splendidly beautiful'.

Fordia angustifoliola Merr.
Fordia coriacea Dunn
Fordia elmeri Merr.
Fordia filipes Dunn
Fordia gibbsiae Dunn & Baker
Millettia chaperi Gagn.
Millettia splendidissima Blume ex Miq.
Phaseolodes splendissimum (Blume ex Miq.) Kuntze

Understorey tree up to 13 m tall and 13 cm dbh. Stipules dropped early. Leaves alternate, compound, leaflets opposite, penni-veined, whitish to golden shiny below caused by tiny hairs. Flowers ca. 15 mm diameter, pinkish-purple, placed in long racemes. Fruits ca. 80 mm long, green, dehiscent, flattened pods.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga, sub-montane and montane forests up to 3500 m altitude. Usually on alluvial sites near or along rivers. On sandy to ultrabasic soils, also on limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree often as resprouting from the base.

Borneo (throughout the island).

Local names
Borneo: Biansu, Biansu bukit, Boot buan, Kayu bawi, Makumpit, Marbahai, Parang-parang, Sergantung, Sintoroi-toroi, Tantaroi, Tantawi, Tengudan, Teuye, Tobah utan, Tongodo, Torin-torin.