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IUCN: not evaluated
Family: FABACEAE Genus: Gagnebina Species: pterocarpa Species Author: (Lam.) Baill.
This shrub has leaves (~4 cm long) made up of many small (~4 mm long) sword-shaped leaflets. Individual flowers are quite small which stamens and carpels that stick out of the petals. Clusters of these flowers give the plant a pom-pom look. The fruit is a brown sickle-shaped seed pod, about 4-6 cm long and 1 cm wide, containing 15-20 seeds.
(Flora of Madagascar Website www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=12&taxon_id=250071679)
Geographic Distribution: This plant is endemic to the Comoros and Mascarene islands, where it’s found in dry hillsides up to 1000 meters.
There are only six species in this genus, all are found in Madagascar, the Commoros and Mascarene Islands.
LUCKOW, M., AND D. D. PUY. 2000. A New Species of Gagnebina (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) from Madagascar. Novon 10: 220-223.
We currently have 7 herbarium specimens for Gagnebina pterocarpa in our collection. Click on any specimen below to view the herbarium sheet data.