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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: Caesalpinieae
Genus: Pterolobium
Species: P. borneense – P. densiflorum – P. hexapetalum – P. integrum – P. lacerans – P. macropterum – P. membranulaceum – P. micranthum – P. microphyllum – P. punctatum – P. stellatum
Source(s) of checklist:

Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Pterolobium in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Jul 22. Reference page.


Pterolobium R.Br. ex Wight & Arn.

Cantuffa J.F.Gmel.
Kantuffa Bruce
Quartinia A.Rich.
Reichardia Roth


Pterolobium Andrz. ex C.A.Mey. = Pachyphragma Rchb.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Asia-Tropical, Africa and Asia-Temperate..
Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hainan, India, Jawa, Kenya, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malawi, Malaya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Northern Provinces, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Sumatera, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Brown, R., 1834. Prodromus Florae Peninsulae Indiae Orientalis 1: 283.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Pterolobium in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Jul 22. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Pterolobium. Published online. Accessed: Jul 22 2019. 2019. Pterolobium. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 22 Jul 2019.
Hassler, M. Jul. Pterolobium. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. Jul. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: Jul 22 {{{3}}}. Reference page.

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Rooivlerke
English: Red-wings

The genus, Pterolobium (from Gr. πτερόν pterón, meaning "wing", and λόβιον lóbion, meaning "pod" or "capsule", alluding to the winged fruit), consists of 10 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae[1] and tribe Caesalpinieae.[2] They are sometimes called redwings and are native to the tropical to subtropical climes of Africa and Asia, including Indonesia and the Philippines. They are large scrambling or climbing shrubs that grow in riverside thickets, on rocky slopes or at forest margins. They bear colourful samara fruit, and have pairs of thorns below the rachis of their bipinnate leaves.

Pterolobium comprises the following species:[2]

Pterolobium borneense Merrill
Pterolobium densiflorum Prain
Pterolobium hexapetalum (Roth) Santapau & Wagh ― camp siege
Pterolobium integrum Craib
Pterolobium macropterum Kurz (synonym P. sinense)
Pterolobium membranulaceum (Blanco) Merrill
Pterolobium micranthum Gagnep., emend. Craib
Pterolobium microphyllum Miq.
Pterolobium punctatum Hemsl.
Pterolobium stellatum (Forssk.) Brenan ― redwing (synonym P. lacerans)


The Legume Phylogeny Working Group (LPWG) (2017). "A new subfamily classification of the Leguminosae based on a taxonomically comprehensive phylogeny". Taxon. 66 (1): 44–77. doi:10.12705/661.3.
Gagnon E, Bruneau A, Hughes CE, de Queiroz LP, Lewis GP (2016). "A new generic system for the pantropical Caesalpinia group (Leguminosae)". PhytoKeys (71): 1–160. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.71.9203. PMC 5558824. PMID 28814915.

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