||After Joesph Callery, a 19th century French missionary and botanist
|| Black-purple, referring to the flowers
||Pongamia atropurpurea Wall., Millettia atropurpurea (Wall.) Benth.
||Purple Milletia, Jenaris, Tulang Dain
||Indochina (Myanmar, Thailand) and West Malesia
This tree can be easily identified from its dense, symmeterical, dome-shape canopy. The leaflets are droopy, glossy, and bend slightly upwards at the mid-ribs.
This attractive and commonly cultivated tree was first introduced around the 1938 near the former Bukit Panjang village (Wee & Corlett, 1986). It bears imparipinnate leaves which are distinctly glossy. The seed pods become brown upon maturity and splits to reveal two or three large, brown, and hard seeds.
Wild individuals of Callerya atropurpurea have been observed in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (LaFrankie et al., 2005), Central Catchment Nature Reserve (MacRitchie Reservoir area; pers. obs.), and Botanic Gardens' Jungle (Turner et al., 1996).
The leaflets are droopy, glossy, and bend upwards at the mid-ribs.
The Purple Milletia always have a dense crown of canopy.
The purple flowers, and developing fruits at the base.
The capsule typically contains two or three seeds.
ReferencesLaFrankie JV, SJ Davies, LK Wang, SK Lee & SKY Lum. (2005) Forest Trees of Bukit Timah: Population Ecology in a Tropical Forest Fragment. Simply Green, Singapore. 178 pp.
Turner IM, KS Chua, JSY Ong, BC Soong & HTW Tan. (1996) A Century of Plant Species Loss from an Isolated Fragment of Lowland Tropical Rain Forest. Conservation Biology, 10: 1229-1244.
Wee YC & R Corlett. (1986) The City and The Forest. Plant Life in Urban Singapore. National University of Singapore Press, Singapore. 186 pp.
Posted Date: 2012-11-27 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11