Pterocarpus rotundifolius (Sond.) Druce
subsp. polyanthus (Harms) Mendonça & E.P. Sousa

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Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Cavalo, Gorongosa NP

Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Cavalo, Gorongosa NP

Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Cavalo, Gorongosa NP

Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Cavalo, Gorongosa NP

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Common names: Round-leaved bloodwood (English)
Medium sized deciduous tree. Bark variable, smooth to rough, fissured or flaking, grey to brown. Leaves imparipinnate with up to 10 pairs of more or less opposite leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets ovate, elliptic to almost round, 3.5-7 cm long, dark green above, much paler below, finely hairy; apex rounded or notched. Flowers in dense axillary and terminal sprays, golden-yellow. Fruit a flattened pod, oval to subcircular, 2.5-3.5 cm in diameter, single-seeded, surrounded by a thick membranous wing.
Derivation of specific name: rotundifolius: round-leaved; polyanthus: many-flowered
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: SW Kenya, Tanzania, DRC (Katanga), Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree.
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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 58 - 60.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 332. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 46.

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

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

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.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 102.

Other sources of information about Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus:

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Flora of Caprivi: Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus
Flora of Malawi: Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus
Flora of Mozambique: Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus
Flora of Zambia: Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pterocarpus rotundifolius
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pterocarpus rotundifolius
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pterocarpus rotundifolius
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pterocarpus rotundifolius
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pterocarpus rotundifolius
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Pterocarpus rotundifolius
iNaturalist: Pterocarpus rotundifolius
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pterocarpus rotundifolius
JSTOR Plant Science: Pterocarpus rotundifolius
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pterocarpus rotundifolius
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pterocarpus rotundifolius
Plants of the World Online: Pterocarpus rotundifolius
Tropicos: Pterocarpus rotundifolius
Wikipedia: Pterocarpus rotundifolius

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. polyanthus., retrieved 27 March 2023

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