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Peltophorum pterocarpum (DC.) Backer ex K. Heyne, Nutt. Pl. Ned.-Ind. ed. 2. 2: 755. 1927.

  • Inga pterocarpa DC.
  • Peltophorum ferrugineum Benth.
  • Peltophorum roxburghii (G. Don) Degener
  • Poinciana roxburghii G. Don

    A large handsome tree, 12-24 m tall; bark smooth grey. Leaves abruptly bipinnate. Main rachis 15-30 cms long; pinnae 6-20 paired, each pinna with 20-30 pairs of leaflets. Leaflets oblong, notched at the apex and unequal sided. Calyx coppery red. Petals wavy, yellow, inversely oval, hairy at the base and much crinkl¬ed about the margins. Stamens 10, densely hairy at the base, anthers golden yellow. Style long and thread like. Pod copper-red, oblong, flat, thin, hard, narrowed at both the ends, 5-10 cm long, c. 2.5 cm broad. Seeds brown.

    Fl. Per.: March- June.

    Distribution: Native of Ceylon, the Andamans, Malaysia and N. Australia; widely cultivated as a roadside tree in greater part of W. Pakistan.

    Sogabark peltophorum is a beautiful ornamental tree. The timber is reputed to be good for cabinet work.


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