Description of the genus
Trees or (in ours) climbing or sprawling shrubs, bearing recurved prickles. Stipules small or 0. Leaves 2-pinnate; specialised glands on petiole or rhachis 0. Leaflets opposite. Inflorescence of racemes, often aggregated in a panicle, terminal or axillary. Calyx with short tube and longer lobes. Petals 5. Stamens 10, longer than petals. Pod an indehiscent, flattened, red samara with an oblique-oblong wing.
Worldwide: 11 species in the tropics of the Old World (one species in Africa)
Other sources of information about Pterolobium:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): PterolobiumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: PterolobiumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for PterolobiumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): PterolobiumKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Pterolobium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=699, retrieved 22 May 2013