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This article is about the genus of flowering plants. For the commune in Romania, see Butea, Iaşi.
Not to be confused with Butia.
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Butea monosperma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Genus: Butea
Roxb. ex Willd.
Type species
Butea monosperma
(Lamarck) Kuntze

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Butea is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the pea family, Fabaceae. It is sometimes considered to have only two species, B. monosperma and B. superba,[1] or is expanded to include four or five species.[2]

Butea monosperma is used for timber, resin, fodder, medicine, and dye.

Butea[clarification needed] is also a host to the Lac insect, which produces natural lacquer.[3]


Butea is named after John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-1792), member of parliament, prime minister for one year, and a patron of botany.[4] William Roxburgh erected the genus Butea in 1795, but it became a nomen invalidum. Carl Willdenow validated the name Butea in 1802.


Forty-two names have been published in Butea,[5] but forty of these are either synonyms or names of species that have been transferred to other genera.[3]


  1. ^ Gwilym Lewis, Brian Schrire, Barbara MacKinder, and Mike Lock. 2005. Legumes of the World. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond, England.
  2. ^ Dezhao Chen, Dianxiang Zhang, and Mats Thulin. "Flora of China Online". Retrieved 11 October 2014.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b Munivenkatappa Sanjappa. 1987. "Revision of the genera Butea Roxb. ex Willd. and Meizotropis Voigt (Fabaceae)". Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India 29:199-225.
  4. ^ Umberto Quattrocchi. 2000. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names volume I. CRC Press: Boca Raton; New York; Washington,DC;, USA. London, UK. ISBN 978-0-8493-2675-2.
  5. ^ Butea in International Plant Names Index. (see External links below).

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