3828.000 Pterocarpus Jacq.

Description of the genus

Trees. Stipules present, caducous; stipels 0. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets alternate to subopposite. Flowers in racemes or panicles; bracts and bracteoles generally small and caducous. Calyx slightly 5-lobed, upper 2 lobes ± connate. Corolla yellow to orange. Fruit flattened, indehiscent with a variously thickened, ± central, seed-bearing part and a surrounding wing. Seeds 1(-3)

Derivation of name: from the Greek: pteron (wing) and carpos (fruit).

Worldwide: c. 25 species in the tropics

Mozambique: 8 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Gynanisa maja (Speckled emperor)
Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angolensis DC.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
brenanii Barbosa & TorreT,MSDescription, Image
lucens Guill. & Perr. subsp. antunesii (Taub.) RojoZ,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
megalocarpus HarmsN
rotundifolius (Sond.) Druce subsp. martinii (Dunkley) LockT
rotundifolius (Sond.) Druce subsp. polyanthus (Harms) Mendonça & E.P. SousaN,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
rotundifolius (Sond.) Druce subsp. rotundifolius Z,T,MS,MDescription, Image
tinctorius Welw.TDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Pterocarpus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Pterocarpus
Flora of Caprivi: Pterocarpus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pterocarpus
Flora of Malawi: Pterocarpus
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Pterocarpus
Flora of Zambia: Pterocarpus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pterocarpus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pterocarpus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pterocarpus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pterocarpus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pterocarpus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Pterocarpus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pterocarpus
JSTOR Plant Science: Pterocarpus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pterocarpus
Plants of the World Online: Pterocarpus
Tropicos: Pterocarpus
Wikipedia: Pterocarpus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Pterocarpus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=752, retrieved 21 May 2024

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