Cynometra cauliflora L.

Etymology Genus Unknown
Species Flowers bearing on stem
Family Fabaceae
Synonyms Cynometra acutifolia S.Vidal
Common Names Nam Nam
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Tree
Native Distribution India, Indochina, East Malesia


Cynometra cauliflora is a cultivated tree up to 15m tall. It has oppositely arranged, asymmetrical leaves, with flowers bearing on the trunk.

Interesting Facts:

The Nam Nam's fruits can be "eaten raw, but are better stewed with sugar; they are also used as seasoned additions to food or pickled" (Slik, 2009).

Cultivated stand in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Asymmetrical leaflets.

Flowers from the trunk.



Slik F (2009) Cynometra cauliflora. Plants of Southeast Asia. Accessed 2-Dec-2018.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-12-06 / Modified: 2018-12-10