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Genus: Pterospermum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales > Family: Malvaceae

About 25 species, native to Asia, with five species cultivated in southern Africa. Previously placed in Sterculiaceae.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Pterospermum acerifolium (Karnikara, Muskunda)

Native to India.


Pterospermum diversifolium

Native from India to Malesia.


Pterospermum semisagittatum (Mukua)

Native from India to Burma.


Pterospermum suberifolium (Muchakund, Tada)

Native from India to Burma.


Pterospermum xylocarpum (Rajataru, Polavu, Tada)

Native to India.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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