Pterocarpus lucens Guill. & Perr.
subsp. antunesii (Taub.) Rojo

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Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside Mahenye Village.

Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside Mahenye Village.

Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside Mahenye Village.

Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside Mahenye Village.

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Synonyms: Pterocarpus antunesii (Taub.) Harms
Pterocarpus stevensonii Burtt Davy
Common names: Small-leaved bloodwood (English)
Status: Native
Small often shrubby tree. Bark pale grey, mottled, flaking, branchlets sometimes spine-tipped. Leaves imparipinnate with up to 4 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets ovate, oblong to somewhat obovate, small for the genus, usually c. 3 × 2 cm, light green, asymmetric at the apex and base; margin entire. Flowers in long lax axillary and terminal sprays, pale yellow, sweetly scented. Flowering time very brief, lasting only a few days. Fruit a small flattened oval pod, up to 5 × 3 cm, asymmetric at the apex, markedly swollen over the single seed, surrounded by a thick membranous wing.
Derivation of specific name: lucens: shining
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, mostly on deep sandy soils, sometimes forming thickets
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Friday 6 February 2015

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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 330. (Includes a picture).

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Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 240. as Pterocarpus lucens

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225. as Pterocarpus antunesii

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 246. As Pterocarpus antunesii

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 50.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 63.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 220 - 221. (Includes a picture).

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

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 96.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 213.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 462 - 463. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii:

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Flora of Caprivi: Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii
Flora of Malawi: Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii
Flora of Mozambique: Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii
Flora of Zambia: Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pterocarpus lucens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pterocarpus lucens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pterocarpus lucens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pterocarpus lucens
JSTOR Plant Science: Pterocarpus lucens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pterocarpus lucens
Plants of the World Online: Pterocarpus lucens
Tropicos: Pterocarpus lucens
Wikipedia: Pterocarpus lucens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Pterocarpus lucens subsp. antunesii., retrieved 16 June 2024

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