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  Maniltoa browneoides
  Family Name : Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

  Synonyms : Maniltoa grandiflora, Maniltoa gemmipara

  Common Names : Handkerchief Tree, Pokok sapu tangan

Handkerchief Tree,Pokok sapu tangan
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Small (6m-15m))
      Maximum Height :
      12 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      New Guinea
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Foliage: Very prominent young flushes which lead this tree to be planted for aesthetic purposes. Young leaves resemble soft white handkerchiefs, hanging vertically downwards from the branches. They take a few days to turn green, harden and become erect. The leaves are pinnately compound, and the mature leaflets have smooth, entire margins.
      Flowers: The flowers are white with long stamens, borne in large, rounded terminal clusters surrounded by brown, papery bracts. The flowers appear together with the new flushes, and turn rapidly from white to brown once pollinated or damaged. The flowers appear to attract birds such as starlings and sunbirds.
      Fruits: The fruit is a broad, somewhat flat and slightly beaked, brown pod that contains a single round seed.
      [Others]: A small to medium sized tree, frequently grown for the prominent young flushes which are white and drooping, giving the appearance of "handkerchiefs", hence the common name. The crown is large, round and fairly dense. Ethnobotanical Use (Other):The timber is quite strong and durable, and is used for making furniture.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      Roadside Tree / Palm, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) :
      Young Flush Texture(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.0 (Tree - Dense Canopy)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :

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