Common Name : Burma padauk
Scientific Name: Pterocarpus macrocarpus
specimen located just north of the zoo's northern most parking area. This large tree with a medium growth rate develops long and relatively straight boles in closed forest, but as an open-grown tree, tends to have short boles and spreading crowns. In their native range, these trees reach up to 100 feet in height. Because it grows somewhat more slowly than its fiercely competitive associates, the Burma padauk usually must survive years in the shade of other trees until a tree fall or other event creates a gap in the canopy through which it can grow. As a result, the species is not a dominant canopy species in its native range.
Range: Myanmar, northern Thailand, Kampuchea, and into Vietnam
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