Sorting Millettia names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :




(Bed) (Braj) (CRDP) (FAO)  (FDAM) (Flcyb) (GCW) (GRIN) (ILDIS)  V  (IPNI) (ISF) (ISTA) (JA) (JSent) (LibHerb) (Mansf) (MMPND) (Mrkv) (Nep) (Pan) (Prosea) (SavMark) (Smit)   (SwedMus) (USDA) (Wang) V (W3Trop) (Yasu)



Millettia extensa (Benth.) Benth. ex Baker

SYNONYM(S) : Millettia auriculata Baker ex Brandis, Millettia macrophylla (Benth.) Kurz, nom. illeg., Otosema extensa Benth., Otosema macrophylla Benth., Robinia macrophylla Roxb., nom. illeg.

 THAI :  กวาวเครือ,  กาวเครือ,  จานเครือ.

Millettia japonica (Siebold & Zucc.) A. Gray

SYNONYM(S) : Kraunhia japonica (Siebold & Zucc.) Taub., Wisteria japonica Siebold & Zucc.

ドヨウフジ    Doyou fuji,   ナツフジ     Natsu fuji.

Millettia japonica (Siebold & Zucc.) A. Gray  var. microphylla Makino

JAPANESE :       ヒメフジ       Hime fuji.

Millettia laurentii De Wild.

ENGLISH : Awoung, Wenge.

FRENCH : Millettia du Cameroon, Palissandre du Congo.

GERMAN : Wenge.

PORTUGUESE : Palissandro del Congo.

UNIDENTIFIED AFRICAN : Awong (Cameroon), Bokonge, Dikela (Zaire), Mibotu, Mboto, Otogo, Tshikalakala, Wengé (Zaire), Zai wenge.


"Wenge" seems to be  the preferred trade name for this species.

Millettia nitida (Benth.) Gees.

Callerya nitida (Benth.) Gees.

光叶崖豆藤 ,    光葉魚藤   (Taiwan).

ENGLISH :  Glittering-leaved millettia.

Millettia pendula Benth

SYNONYM(S) :  Millettia leucantha Kurz.

ENGLISH :  Sortom, Thinwin.

JAPANESE :   ミレッティア・ペンヅラ   Mirettia penjira.


The above non-Japanese common names are  trade names for this species and "khacho" appears to be preferred.  We guessed  the  identities of the languages.

Millettia pinnata (L.) Panigrahi

SYNONYM(S) : Cytisus pinnatus L., Derris indica (Lam.) Bennet , Galedupa indica Lam. , Galedupa pinnata (L.) Taub. , Pongamia glabra Vent., nom. illeg., Pongamia mitis Kurz, nom. illeg. , Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre

CHINESE :    Shui huang pi (Taiwan).

ENGLISH : Indian beech, Karum tree, Pongam oiltree, Poonga oil tree.

HINDI : Karnja, Pongam.

MALAYALAM : Pungam, Ungam.

SANSKRIT : Karanja.

TAMIL : Puggam.

TELUGU : Kanuga.


Millettia reticulata Benth.

 SYNONYM(S) :   Callerya reticulata (Benth.) Schot 

CHINESE :   老荊藤    Lao jing teng   (Lo king t'ang - Taiwan),   鸡血藤   Ji xue teng (Kam shu t'ang ).

ENGLISH :  Evergreen wisteria.

JAPANESE :   ムラサキナツフジ      Murasaki natsu fuji,     サッコウフジ    Sakkou fuji.

Millettia speciosa Benth.

SYNONYM(S) :   Callerya speciosa (Champ.) Schot

牛大力藤   Niu da li teng.

ENGLISH :   Showy millettia.

Millettia sphaerosperma  Z. Wei

 SYNONYM(S) :   Callerya cinerea (Benth.) Schot 

Millettia stuhlmannii Taub.

ENGLISH : Awang, Partridge wood (Tanzania), Panga panga.

FRENCH : Awoung (Cameroun), Millettia de Mozambique, Millettia de Tanzanie, Panga panga.

PORTUGUESE : Jambire (Mosambique), Pau rosa (Brazil).

SWAHILI : Mpande (Tanzania).

UNIDENTIFIED : Jambirre, Jambiri, Jambrie, Messara, Pangire.


Wenge or Wengé seem to be applied to this species in some African countries. Panga-panga however seems to be the  preferred trade name for it.

Millettia versicolor Welw. ex Baker

FRENCH :  Bois d'or.


Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Millettia Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database - A Work in Progress. Institute of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia. < > (2005).

General Bibliography




Specific & complementary


ILDIS,  2001 - 2002, International Legume Database & Information Service ,  LegumeWeb (service to search the ILDIS World Database of Legumes - Version 5.00).   < >.  List of species within Millettieae family (incl. 192 Millettia) :  < >.  (ILDIS)

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (30 October 2004). (GRIN)



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