Pterocarpus tinctorius Welw.

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Pterocarpus tinctorius

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Pterocarpus tinctorius

Katanga; Aug 2011.
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Pterocarpus tinctorius

Shrub in Woodland;
Chiawa GMA Cheowa Prospect Camp; May 2007.
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Pterocarpus tinctorius

Katanga DRC; Aug 2011.
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Pterocarpus tinctorius

Picture: Jörg Mellenthin
Kabompo District.

Pterocarpus tinctorius

Picture: Jörg Mellenthin
Kabompo District.

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Synonyms: Pterocarpus chrysothrix Taub.
Pterocarpus stolzii Harms
Common names: Mkula (Nyanja) Mukula (Bemba) Mukula (Lunda)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Evergreen tree to 20 m tall. Young twigs densely brown (fulvous) hairy, bark dark reddish-brown. Leaflets shining on upper surface. Flowers in axillary or terminal panicles, congested. Pod 1-seeded 6-10 cm in diameter, circular or subcircular, borne on a short stipe, the centre thickened, densely pilose with interspersed coarse yellow viscid hairs over the seed, wing broad, undulate papery.
Type location:
Notes: NKULA has been adopted as the trade name. Illegal logging has been reported from Rufunsa in Lusaka Province, under the name NKULA. So far no fertile material has been collected from the Province.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Miombo woodland, often on derelict termite mounds.
Altitude range: 450 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC Katanga, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Angola
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,N,Mc,E,C,Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 56 - 57. As Pterocarpus stolzii & P. chrysothrix

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 329. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 71.

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Flora of Botswana: Pterocarpus tinctorius
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Flora of Malawi: Pterocarpus tinctorius
Flora of Mozambique: Pterocarpus tinctorius

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pterocarpus tinctorius
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pterocarpus tinctorius
Plants of the World Online: Pterocarpus tinctorius
Tropicos: Pterocarpus tinctorius
Wikipedia: Pterocarpus tinctorius

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pterocarpus tinctorius., retrieved 21 February 2024

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