Pterocarpus Jacq.

First published in Select. Stirp. Amer. Hist.: 283 (1763), nom. cons.
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Tropics & Subtropics.


Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jawa, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Maluku, Marianas, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Santa Cruz Is., Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Windward Is., Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Assam, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Seychelles, Society Is.


Heterotypic Synonyms

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 2: 237.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Select. Stirp. Amer. Hist.: 283, t.183, fig. 93 (1763), nom. conserv.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Select. Stirp. Am. Hist.: 283, t. 183/92 (1763), nom. conserv. propos.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 2019 Ducke, A. [24312], Brazil K001076593 Yes
Jan 1, 2019 Ule, E. [9449], Brazil K001076596 Yes
Jun 1, 2012 Pollard, B.J. [417], Cameroon K000746682 Yes
Apr 1, 2002 Cheek, M. [10210], Cameroon K000027490 No
Oct 1, 2001 Cheek, M. [8928], Cameroon K000027491 No
Pennington, T.D. [15016], Ecuador 62949.000 No
Blanchet, J.S. [2818], Brazil K001076594 Yes
Burchell, W.J. [3860], Brazil K001076595 Yes


  • Flora Zambesiaca

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  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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