About a week ago I was presented with the below pictures from somebody who wanted to know what the tree was. They had seen and photographed the tree in Manila, the Phillipines. I observed that the leaves were somewhat like Albizzia julbissen the Mimosa tree but the flowers appeared totally different. Knowing that the unkown tree was probably in the pea family (Fabaceae) I used www.plantsystemics.org to browse around that family. I found Parkia multijuga but that didn't seem to be exactly what I had. I then entered 'Parkia' into Google image search which brought up an image that looked like the plant I was looking at; Parkia javanica. Parkia javanica is native to southeast Asia and is used medicinally there to treat Diarrhea and stomach infections.
|Photo of Parkia javanica flowers that I was asked to identify.|
|Parkia javanica flowers that I was asked to identify.|
|Parkia javanica immature flowers.|
|Parkia javonica flower that seems half eaten away.|