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Genus: Pterocarpus

Life  > Embryophyta (plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 20 species, found in tropical regions, with four species native to southern Africa and a further two species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Pterocarpus angolensis (Kiaat, Wild teak)

Pterocarpus brenanii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Pterocarpus lucens

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Pterocarpus rotundifolius (Round-leaved teak, Dopperkiaat)

See Flora of Zimbabwe, where it is split into three subspecies - P. r. martinii, P. r. polyanthus and P. r. rotundifolius.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Pterocarpus indicus (Burmese rosewood)
Native from Burma to the Solomon Islands.


Pterocarpus tinctorius
Native to tropical Africa.  



Afroclanis calcareus

Caterpillars have been recorded eating the leaves of Pterocarpus rotundifolius.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)