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Parkia


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(family Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae)

A genus of trees that usually have bipinnate leaves. The flowers are in globular heads on long stalks held free from leaves, and are mostly nocturnal and bat-pollinated. Pods or seeds of some are eaten as a relish (petai). There are about 40 species, with a pantropical distribution.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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