The stem of Pterocarpus rotundifolius subsp. rotundifolius looks like this when it assumes tree-shape. It has to be substantial when the rare height of 20 m is achieved. The tree is often multi-stemmed with grey to brown bark. It is quick growing.
Stem surfaces may be smooth when young or rough with longitudinal fissuring and some flaking later. Brown and grey shades upon the stem of the tree in picture are many. In the Kruger National Park small stands of wispy stems that don’t seem to achieve much in size are often seen.
The wood is light-coloured with a grain that has been described as attractive, but conversely by others as featureless. It does not have a great reputation as timber. It is difficult to saw, otherwise said to work well and has been used for general timber purposes, although more for household utensils. It is considered not very durable. Objections sometimes relate to the small pieces obtainable, or maybe to the unpleasant smell it exudes when cut (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Schmidt, et al, 2002).