Narra profile

Written by Maggie

Jan 12 2021

Narra profile

Narra, scientific name Pterocarpus indicus, is a tree, 15-25 m tall, diameter at breast height up to 40 cm .In sloping forests or cultivated in gardens. It is also found in India, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Narra picture


Morphological characteristics of Narra

Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) is a tree, 15-25 m tall, diameter at breast height up to 40 cm; The bark is grey. Pinnately compound leaves are 15-30 cm long; Stipules are caducous; Leaflets are 3-5 pairs, ovate, 6-11 x 4-5 cm, apex acuminate, base rounded, glabrous on both sides, veins slender. Panicles are terminal or axillary, many flowered, brown pubescent; Pedicels are 7 -- 10 mm long, apical with 2 linear, easily detached bracteoles; The calyx is campanulate, slightly curved, ca. 5 mm long, calyx teeth broadly triangular, ca. 1 mm long, apex rounded, brownish hairy; The corolla is yellow, petal long stalk, margin corrugate, flag 10-13 mm wide; Narra has 10 stamens, monomer, finally divided into 5+5 disomy; The ovary is short stipitate densely pilose. The pod is rounded, flat, oblique, ca. 5 cm wide, slightly hairy and reticulated to the seed part, surrounded by broad wings up to 2 cm wide, with 1 to 2 seeds. Flowering period is in spring.

Ecological Habits of Narra

Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) is mainly distributed in China, Taiwan, Guangdong and Yunnan (southern). It is also found in India, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.

In sloping forests or cultivated in gardens. Narra trees have strong adaptability to the environment, not demanding soil, gravel soil, coastal sand soil, and even containing a certain amount of salt soil can grow well. Its root system developed, with nodules, can nitrogen fixation; Narra likes strong light, and has fast growth and strong regeneration.

Growing methods of Narra

1. Soil: Narra tree (Pterocarpus indicus) does not have high requirements for soil. It can grow normally in sandy soil or gravel soil, and it has strong adaptability to the environment.

2. Light: It likes sunshine. In the environment of sunlight will grow faster, and can not let it grow in a dark place for a long time, which will affect its normal growth.

3. Watering: Water the right amount to the Narra tree, not too much watering, generally 2-3 days watering once, watering to be watered, the soil to be in a moist state can be. Don't leave waterlogging for a long time.


Propagation methods of Narra

Sowing propagation: Sowing propagation roots will be more developed, the ability to resist the wind will be strong, branches and leaves will be more lush.

2. Cuttage propagation: The robust branches are cut and inserted into the seedbed. The cutting operation is very convenient, but the wind resistance is very weak.

Narra common diseases

In Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) seedlings, it will appear nevus or anthrax, will harm the leaves and branches, etc.. I is found that it is suffering from disease after the timely removal of sick branches and leaves, and burned, and then sprayed with agents, so as not to cause secondary infection.

The purpose of Narra


Narra canopy extension, dark green, beautiful, is an excellent Garden greening tree species.


Narra wood is hard and dense with red hearthwood, making it an excellent wood for construction, Musical Instruments and furniture.


Resin and wood are used for medicinal purposes.