|Etymology||Genus||From Greek; break (Chlao) wood (xulon); referring to the weak wood of this genus|
|Species||Probably first described in India|
|Synonyms||Melaleuca eriorhachis Gand., Melaleuca minor Sm.|
|Common Names||Nappy Tree, Lampin Budak|
|Native Distribution||India to south China down to Malesia|
Claoxylon indicum is a sun-loving tree commonly found along secondary forest edges or open areas. Its spirally arranged leaves are thin, large, soft and velvety; and comes with a long stalk. During flowering, spikes of flowers can be seen protruding out from the foliage (unfortunately my photo is not clear enough). However, a gentle touch of the leaves to feel its various characteristics is suffice for identification.
An adult Nappy Tree.
A sapling. Note the leaf arrangement and venation.