Dalbergia abrahamii is a deciduous tree usually growing 8 - 15 metres tall, though it can grow taller[
The tree is selectively felled from the wild for its timber, which is a form of rosewood. The wood is used locally and is also exported[
A tree known only from a few localities in northern Madagascar. Much of the range is decreasing through forest destruction, though the main threat comes from selective felling for timber and charcoal. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - northern Madagascar.
Seasonally dry forests, found at low elevations growing on marl and calcareous soils and also on thin, volcanic soils[
]. Limestone outcrops[
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A high quality wood, it is reddish and nicely streaked[
]. We have no more specific information on this wood, other than it is a form of rosewood that is used locally and also exported.
The wood is used for making charcoal[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been dried for storage the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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