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Pterocarpus (family Leguminosae, subfamily Papilionatae) A genus of trees that have pinnate leaves and rather large leaflets. The flowers are showy racemes, in lax panicles. The fruit is a disc-like, flat, indehiscent pod, obliquely beaked, often membranaceous at the edges, containing 1 seed. The trees yield dark, fine-grained, superb cabinet timber (amboyna, angsana, sena from P. indicus, padauk from several continental Asian species). The cut bark yields a resin (kino) which is astringent and medicinal. There are about 20 species, with a pantropical distribution.


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sena Timber from Pterocarpus indica. See PTEROCARPUS.