Common Name
Scientific Name
Pterocymbium tinctorium
Growth Form and Foliage
  • Tree grows up to 45 - 50 m tall.
  • The straight, cylindrical bole can be 90 cm in diameter and unbranched for up to 30 m.
  • Thin papery, becomes black after drying.
  • Leaf margin is entire throughout the life cycle.
  • Fruit is a follicle, 5 - 9 x 1.8 - 2.5 cm.
  • Seed is 1 cm long, basal, ellipsoid to ovoid. Propagation is by seed.
The bark and fruits are poisonous.
  • Evergreen, deciduous or open forest in periodically dry locations at elevations up to 1,000 m.
  • Virgin forests, mainly on drier soils.
Ethnobotanical features
  • Fibre obtained from the bark is used to make rope.
  • A strong rope can be made from the fibres with a tensile strength of 381 kilos per cm2. Immersion in water for 24 hours can increase strength by about 7%.
  • The bark is used to improve black dyeing of cotton cloth.
  • The white wood is light and very soft. It is used for construction, matches, veneer, floats and pulp.

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