|Etymology||Genus||After Joesph Callery, a 19th century French missionary and botanist|
|Species||Black-purple, referring to the flowers|
|Synonyms||Pongamia atropurpurea Wall., Millettia atropurpurea (Wall.) Benth.|
|Common Names||Purple Milletia, Jenaris, Tulang Dain|
|Native Distribution||Indochina (Myanmar, Thailand) and West Malesia|
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 Purple Milletia always have a dense crown of canopy.
The leaflets are droopy, glossy, and bend upwards at the mid-ribs.
The purple flowers, and developing fruits at the base.
The capsule typically contains two or three seeds.