Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Falcataria moluccana
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999; Lorence & Wagner, 2020.
   Fabaceae -- The Pea Family Bibliography
      Falcataria moluccana
General Information
DistributionNative to the Molucca Islands, New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon Islands, widely planted for reforestation.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Fabaceae - Falcataria moluccana

Tree to 40 m tall, bark white, gray, or greenish, smooth or slightly warty; young parts densely reddish-brown tomentose or puberulent.
Leaves petiolate, with a large nectary below the lowermost pair of pinnae and smaller ones between or below most pairs of pinnae, 15‒26 cm long, 12‒20 cm wide, with (4‒)8‒15 pairs pinnae; leaflets 15‒25 pairs per pinna, obliquely elliptic, falcate, 10‒20 mm long, 3‒6 mm wide, midrib strongly excentric near 1 margin; petiole 3‒6 cm long.
Inflorescence a panicle, 13‒25 cm long, 12‒22 cm wide, 2-branched, often with 2 serial branches from 1 bract scar. Flowers with calyx 1‒1.5 mm long, silky pubescent, teeth 0.5 mm long; corolla cream colored or greenish yellow, 3‒4.5 mm long (excluding stamens); stamens 10‒17 mm long.
Fruit thin, 9‒12 cm long, 1.5‒2.5 cm wide, densely pubescent or glabrous, with a narrow, longitudinal wing along the adaxial suture.
Seeds 15‒18, transversely arranged, ellipsoid, 5‒7 mm long, 2.5‒3.5 mm wide, laterally flattened, with a pleurogram ca. 3 mm long and 1.5 mm wide.
Introduced as a fast-growing tree for its wood, which is soft and brittle. Has become naturalized on a number of Pacific Islands. Also know under the name of Paraserianthes fal­cataria (L.) I. C. Nielsen
David Lorence