Project Description

Maniltoa browneoides, is a medium-sized evergreen plant and can grow up to 25 meters. This shady tree is commonly planted for landscaping public parks, recreational areas, golf courses and parking areas. This tree is also commonly known as handkerchief tree or “enam-enam”. Maniltoa browneoides originated from Papua New Guinea and has long shiny green leaves. This tree is very unique, where its pale green-white young leaves or shoots hang in a bunch at the tip of the twigs like  handkerchiefs when viewed from a distance. Up close, the leaves look like papers that are arranged overlapping each other. The young leaves will gradually turn shiny dark green prior to the emergence of new shoots. The flowers are white and grow in clusters. The fruit is dark brown, nut shaped approximately 7 cm containing one small seed and also and forming  a dense cluster at the tip of the twigs. Each cluster is larger than 30 cm. This unique tree can be found in front of the administration building (D2) adjacent to the library. Maniltoa browneoides belongs to the family Leguminosae and its conservation status has not been reviewed.

The powder-puff like flowers of maniltoa browneoides. Bunga enam-enam yang gebu seperti berus bedak.

The powder-puff like flowers of maniltoa browneoides.

A row of maniltoa browneoides trees can be observed in front of building D2. Sebaris pokok enam-enam boleh dilihat di hadapan bangunan D2.

A row of maniltoa browneoides trees can be observed in front of building D2.

The drooping young leaves look like handkerchiefs. Daun muda kelihatan tergantung seperti sapu tangan.

The drooping young leaves look like handkerchiefs.