Common Name
Scientific Name
Pterospermum diversifolium
Growth Form and Foliage
  • It is a tree up to 20 m tall.
  • Its alternate, stalked leaves have leathery leaf blades that are broadly elliptic to drop-shaped, 10 - 21 by 6 - 10 cm, dark green above, and orange-brown to brownish-white or silvery below.
Its white flowers are up to 17 cm long and solitary or in clusters of 3 - 4.
Its brown fruits are oblong, woody, and 17 by 8 cm. Its flattened seeds are 3.8 - 5 cm.
It grows in forests.
Ethnobotanical features
  • The bark and flowers are charred and combined with the glands of Mallotus philippinensis in the treatment of smallpox to cause suppuration.
  • The fibrous bark is sometimes used to make rope and for tying purposes. However, it has a low tensile strength of 263 kilos per cm2, which wetting does not affect and so is not commonly used for rope making.
  • The colour of the inner bark is pinkish cinnamon.

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