Scientific name: Cynomometra cauliflora
Family name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Nam Nam trees in Taman Tugu
Nam Nam tree is an indigenous rainforest tree amongst the 4,100 trees added to the Taman Tugu site, selected in collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) and Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”).
The Nam Nam tree is an attractive shrub or small tree with a rather dense crown and zigzag twigs, growing from 3-15m tall. The leaves are simple and alternately arranged. The young leaves are young orange-red colored and turns dark green as they grow. The flowers and produces large seedpods along the trunk of the tree, most commonly near the base.
The fruits are eaten or cooked to add flavor. Oil from the seed is used for medicine.
The trees can be found in tropical forest in Malaysia.