Abarema kunstleri (Prain) Kosterm.
Pithecellobium elmeri Ridl.
Pithecellobium kunstleri Prain
Archidendron kunstleri is a shrub or tree usually growing from 2 - 15 metres tall, but with some specimens up to 21 metres. The bole is usually from 6 - 88cm in diameter but can reach 150cm[
The leaves are harvested from the wild for local use as a soap.
Although we have no specific information for this species, the seeds of several other members of this genus contain the amino acid derivative djenkolic acid. Ingestion of seed containing this substance can cause the formation of sharp needle-like crystals of djenkolic acid in the kidney or urinary tract. In severe cases, crystals of djenkolic acid have been found in urine. Indeed, people who are suffering from djenkolism show similar symptoms to those suffering from kidney or urinary stones, a condition for which it has been frequently mistaken[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.
Rain forest; swamp forest; along rivers; on clayey or sandy soils, at elevations from sea level to 20 metres[
]. Frequently found at the limits of tidal influence in coastal rainforests[
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A plant of the moist lowland tropics, where it is found near sea level.
The tree can flower and fruit all year round[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The leaves are used as a soap[
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