Peltophorum pterocarpum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Peltophorum pterocarpum (DC) Baker ex DC
  • The genus name is derived from a Greek word peltophoros which means shield-bearer.

  • Common Name : Tamraparni, Copperpod, Rusty Shield-Bearer
  • Plant Family : Caesalpiniaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10-12, 15-17, 22, 26-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity

About Peltophorum pterocarpum Plant :

  • Habit : A big tree, young branches rusty-hairy.
  • Leaves : Abruptly bipinnate, leaflets 8-10 pairs, oblong, obtuse, base oblique.
  • Inflorescence : Yellow in terminal, racemose panicles.
  • Flowers :
    • Calyx cup-like, coppery-red, valvate.
    • Petals 5, obovate, wavy yellow, hairy at base.
    • Stamens 10 free, hairy at base, anthers golden-yellow.
    • Ovary sessile, 1-3 ovuled, style long and thread-like, stigma shield-like.
  • Fruit : Pods flat, rusty red, oblong, thin at both ends.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September - November and March - May
  • Significance : Planted as an ornamental tree on road sides.