Pterocarpus indicus seed pod photographs
This journal entry features curated black and white abstract photographs of a dried Pterocarpus indicus seed pod. To explore the pod’s delicate organic structure in close-up detail I used a macro lens to magnify its irregularities and peculiarities. You’ll notice the magical papery wing like structure is intricate and beautifully detailed. For more botanical themed artworks this journal entry is titled ‘Monochrome botanical creations‘ and may be of interest.
Pterocarpus indicus description
During my research of the Pterocarpus indicus plant I found out it is also called Angsana tree. It is a large deciduous tree and can grow to 30 to 35 m tall. It was declared the national tree of the Philippines in 1934. The pod in the photographs is from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and this is a short video showing the Angsana tree in bloom in Penang.
Uses of the Angsana tree
Apparently, the Angsana flowers and leaves are edible and widely used in traditional medicine. The leaves contain flavonoids, an antioxidant that provides health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic remedies.
It is a premium timber species that is suitable for high grade furniture, lumber, and plywood for light construction purposes. The hardwood is purplish, termite-resistant and rose-scented. It also cultivated as a shade tree, such as in plantations and nurseries to provide shade to timber tree seedlings. Source: Taman Tugu Malaysia
Subject matter: Pterocarpus indicus dried seed pod
Original created: 2021
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
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