Pterocarpus macrocarpus

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Burma padauk
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Dalbergieae
Genus: Pterocarpus
Species: P. macrocarpus
Binomial name
Pterocarpus macrocarpus
  • Lingoum macrocarpum (Kurz) O.Ktze.
  • Lingoum cambodianum Pierre
  • Lingoum glaucinum Pierre
  • Lingoum gracile Pierre
  • Lingoum oblongum Pierre
  • Lingoum parvifolium Pierre
  • Lingoum pedatum Pierre
  • Pterocarpus cambodianus Pierre var. calcicolus Craib
Padauk flowers during Thingyan

Pterocarpus macrocarpus, or the Burma padauk,[1] (Burmese: မြန်မာပိတောက်) is a species of Pterocarpus native to the seasonal tropical forests of southeastern Asia in northeastern India, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.[2][3][4] In Vietnamese, this species is called giáng- or dáng-hương (sometimes with the suffix quả to: large capsule).


Pterocarpus macrocarpus is a medium-sized tree growing to 10–30 m (rarely to 39 m) tall, with a trunk up to 1.7 m diameter; it is deciduous in the dry season. The bark is flaky, grey-brown; if cut, it secretes a red gum. The leaves are 200–350 mm long, pinnate, with 9–11 leaflets. The flowers are yellow, produced in racemes 50–90 mm long. The fruit is a pod surrounded by a round wing 45–70 mm diameter, containing two or three seeds.[3][4]

The wood is durable and resistant to termites; it is important, used for furniture, construction timber, cart wheels, tool handles, and posts;[4] though not a true rosewood it is sometimes traded as such.

The seasonal padauk flowers bloom annually around Thingyan (April) and is considered one of the national symbols[5] of Myanmar (formerly Burma).


  1. ^ "Pterocarpus macrocarpus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  2. ^ International Legume Database & Information Service: Pterocarpus macrocarpus
  3. ^ a b Danida Seed Leaflet: Pterocarpus macrocarpus (pdf file)
  4. ^ a b c International Institute of Tropical Forestry: Pterocarpus macrocarpus (pdf file)
  5. ^ Australia, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Parks. "Floral Emblems of the world - Australian Plant Information". Retrieved 2016-04-14. 

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Padauk seeds
Padauk seeds
Flowered padauk
Not a true Burmese Padauk. Compare to the Thingyan picture, showing correct tree and flowers.