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Useful Tropical Plants

Pterospermum semisagittatum

Buch.-Ham. ex Roxb.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Pterospermum semisagittatum
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruits
Photograph by: Francisco Manuel Blanco (O.S.A.), Flore de Filipinas
Public domain

General Information

Pterospermum semisagittatum is a tree that can be deciduous or evergreen according to climate; it can grow from 15 - 25 metres tall. The straight bole can be free of branches for up to 12 metres[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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443
Title
Biotik, Laos
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Author
 
Website
http://biotik.org/species_list_laos.html
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Description
Information on more than 100 species of Laotian trees.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a masticatory and a source of fibre and wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos.

Habitat

Scattered in dense evergreen forest and also found in dry forests and the more open, secondary formations; at elevations from 100 - 900 metres[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
443
Title
Biotik, Laos
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://biotik.org/species_list_laos.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on more than 100 species of Laotian trees.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height20.00 m
Growth RateFast
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A fairly fast-growing tree[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Edible Uses

The bark is said to be used as a replacement for the Areca nut (Areca catechu) in a masticatory with the betel quid (Piper betel)[
443
Title
Biotik, Laos
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://biotik.org/species_list_laos.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on more than 100 species of Laotian trees.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark fibres have been used for cordage.

The reddish-grey wood is heavy, fairly hard, durable. It is used to make axe handles and is used as house columns in traditional buildings[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
443
Title
Biotik, Laos
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://biotik.org/species_list_laos.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on more than 100 species of Laotian trees.
].
The wood is used for fuel[
944
Title
Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) No. 23
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The Forest Herbarium; Bangkok.
Year
1995
ISBN
0495-3843
Description
A botanical journal, publishing papers on taxonomy (especially vascular plants), nomenclature, phylogeny, systematics, plant geography, and floristics; also morphology, palynology, cytotaxonomy, chemotaxonomy, anatomy and other relevant disciplines.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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