Sindora inermis

Author: Merrill

Morphological description (inermis Sindora BBGB18 f9 )
Tree up to c. 30 m high. Stipules falcate and comparatively broad, 1-2(-2.5) by 1 cm, base broadly auricled, apex acute, glabrous and densely, finely reticulate on both surfaces (to be observed with a hand-lens), persistent(?) during anthesis.

Leaves paripinnate, 2-4-jugate; petiole 2-4.3 cm and rachis 8-12(-15) cm long, both tawny light brown puberulous, glabrescent or glabrous; petiolules very short, c. 3 mm, sparsely puberulous, glabrescent, or almost glabrous. Leaflets thinly coriaceous, elliptic, broad- or ovate-elliptic, sometimes ovate or obovate, 6.5-13 by 4.5-7.5 cm, asymmetric; apex bluntly shortly acuminate; base cuneate to rotund, often slightly asymmetric; glossy and glabrous on both surfaces, except sparsely hairy on the midrib of lower surface.

Inflorescences and flowers not seen.

Pods (only valves seen) broadly ovate, flattened, on a peduncle (c. 7 mm long) 5.5-6(-7) by 4.3-5 cm, with a rather off centre, short beak, unarmed, slightly veined, glabrous.

Seeds not seen.

Malesia: Philippines (S Luzon to Mindanao and Jolo).

In forests along the seashore and at low altitudes inland.

The trunks of this species yield an oil with pleasant persistent odour and said to be useful in the perfume industry. It has been exported in small quantities to Singapore (Brown, 1921: 37-38).