Etymology- Peltophorum pterocarpum

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nivi tha

Jun 10, 2010, 2:01:19 AM6/10/10
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Etymology no 11. Peltophorum pterocarpum- Caesalpiniaceae

Peltophorum- "Shield bearing "- refers to the pods (Greek)

pterocarpum- winged fruit.

Selvalakshmi S.
Doctoral Scholar,
Bharathiar University,
Tamil Nadu.

Dinesh Valke

Jun 10, 2010, 5:22:18 AM6/10/10
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Peltophorum pterocarpum ... is commonly known as: copperpod, rusty shield-bearer • Hindi: पीला गुलमोहर peela gulmohar • Tamil: கொன்றைவகை konyaivakai, பெருங்கொன்றை perungkonyai • Telugu: konda cinta, pacha sunkesula


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tanay bose

Jun 10, 2010, 7:34:03 AM6/10/10
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A good supplement if regional name with lovwly ination !! Thanks to Nivi Ji and Dinesh Ji
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Ashwin Baindur

Jun 10, 2010, 7:47:11 AM6/10/10
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The species name "pterocarpum" does not seem very suitable considering that the fruit is just a flattened pod.

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Dinesh Valke

Jun 10, 2010, 7:57:49 AM6/10/10
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... yes, Ashwin ji, quite a wonder why this species got that pterocarpum as epithet !!
A book "Scientific Names of Plants Explained" by S P Dixit says ... alludes to shape of stigma ... does not seem to make a good reason.

Dr. Pankaj Kumar

Jul 11, 2010, 4:13:04 PM7/11/10
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Dear Dinesh sir and Ashwin sir,
Pter means wing and carpum means fruit. Just because the fruit is
thick in the centre and then flattened on the sides like wings. More
over it flies in air, thats how it is dispersed through air. Wing is
not always referred to the thin membranous structure like that of the
seeds of Spathodea or Oroxylum.
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