Parkia sumatrana Miq.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2015

Scientific Name

Parkia sumatrana Miq.


Parkia insignis Kurz, Parkia macrocarpa Miq., Parkia sumatrana subsp. sumatrana [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Buah putai, kedaung (Iban, Sarawak); petai nering (Peninsular) [2][3]
Indonesia Soga (Sulawesi) [2][3]
Thailand I-thao (South-Eastern); luk ding (Central) [2][3]
Laos Hua 'lôn (Savannakhet); 'sôm po:y 'luang (Louang Prabang) [2][3]
Myanmar Mai-ka-tor (Shan); thit lein [2][3]
Cambodia Royôông (Kampot); ta sek (Kompong Speu) [2][3]
Vietnam Th[us]i, c[awj]c heo, bung r[es]o [2][3]
Brunei Kupang amas, petai belalong [2][3].

Geographical Distributions

Parkia sumatrana is occurs in Southern Burma (Myanmar), Indochina, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi. [2]

The plant is found scattered in evergreen forest, often along streams, on sandy, stony or clayey soils from (0-)100-600(-900) m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

P. sumatrana is a member of the Leguminosae family. The tree can reach up to 35 m tall. [2]

The leaves are arranged alternate or rarely opposite. The primary rachis includes long petiole measuring about 36 cm and the pinnae which are in (5-)7-11(-18) pairs. The secondary rachis is up to measure about 9.5 cm long. The leaflets are in (12-)14-20(-37) pairs per pinna. They are oblong in shape, with a size of measure about (10.5-)11.5-21(-25) mm x (3-)4.5-8 mm and weakly auriculate at the base. The apex is rounded or slightly retuse. The peduncle is measuring 14-44 cm long, with club-shaped head. It is measure about 4-5 cm long and measure 3 cm in diametre. [2]

The flowers are bisexual, with sepal and petal measuring up to 11 mm and 12 mm long, respectively. The lobes are measure up to 2 mm long. The infructescence consists of up to 8 strap-shaped pods per head. [2]

The pod is measuring 45(-52) cm long (including stipe) and measure about 2 cm or 4.2-5.4 cm broad. It is variably pubescent, rarely twisted and the stipe is measure about 10 cm long. [2]

The seeds are 10-13 per pod and lying diagonally or 26-33 per pod and lying horizontally across the width of the pod. [2]


No documentation.

Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing



Figure 1: The line drawing of P. sumatrana [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Parkia sumatrana Miq.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2010 Apr 14; cited 2015 Jul 28]. Available from:
  2. Yusuf UK, Zuhud EAM. Parkia sumatrana Miq. In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 2001; p. 407.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 430.