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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Caesalpinioideae
Tribus: Mimoseae
Genus: Pentaclethra
Species: P. eetveldeana – P. macroloba – P. macrophylla

Pentaclethra Benth.

Pentaclethra is a small genus of trees from the tropics. They are flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. It belongs to the mimosoid clade of the subfamily Caesalpinioideae.

The name Pentaclethra is derived from Ancient Greek, penta meaning 'five', and cleithro meaning 'bolt', which alludes to the five imbricate sepals and five petals joined at their bases; this character defines the genus.[2]

Pentaclethra is a small genus with three species.[3] It is considered basal to the mimosoid clade.[2] One species, P. macroloba, occurs in the American tropics. This is the dominant tree in certain seasonal swamp forests in coastal areas of Atlantic Panama.[4] The other two species occur in Africa.[3]

Pentaclethra eetveldeana De Wild. & T.Durand
Pentaclethra macroloba (Willd.) Kuntze
Pentaclethra macrophylla Benth.


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de Barros, Thais C.; Pedersoli, Giseli D.; Paulino, Juliana V.; Teixeira, Simone P. (15 February 2017). "In the interface of caesalpinioids and mimosoids: Comparative floral development elucidates shared characters in Dimorphandra mollis and Pentaclethra macroloba (Leguminosae)". American Journal of Botany. 104 (2): 218–232. doi:10.3732/ajb.1600308.
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