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Pterocarpus rohrii


Native to:



Central and southern Central America, northern and central South America.

Dense primary and secondary forests, sloping grounds. 11 meters tall, up to 1000 meters above sea level.

Pterocarpus rohrii

Ecological value:

Can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland, is moderately fast-growing and adaptable to a variety of well-drained soil types. Fixes atmospheric nitrogen. Pollinated by insects. Reaches 2.5 meters in two years from seed.

Material uses:

The wood is white, light in weight, soft, with a low durability and susceptible to wood boring insects. It is used for interiors, frames, turning , boxes, doors, panels, rough construction. Most Pterocarpus woods have alcohol or water-soluble substances that can be used as dyes.

Edible uses:

Unspecified medicinal uses.

Medicinal use:

A decoction of the is used as a febrifuge in the Amazon area of Colombia, and is considered to be one of the most effective.

Other details:

Thrives in nitrogen-rich soil. Ornamental. Used as a poison. Several species of Pterocarpus, from Africa and Asia, provide ‘Padauk’ wood, which is valued for its toughness and are visually
similar to rosewoods.


Christine Facella


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Image source: Tatters.

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