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Useful Tropical Plants

Dalbergia chapelieri

Baill.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Dalbergia pterocarpiflora Baker

Common Name:

Dalbergia chapelieri
Leaves and young seedpods
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Dalbergia chapelieri Dalbergia chapelieri

General Information

Dalbergia chapelieri is a deciduous shrub or tree growing up to 18 metres tall. The bole can be up to 60 cm in diameter[
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The wood is valued locally and so the tree is often harvested from the wild. It also supplies medicines and tannins.
Although the plant is widespread in eastern Madagascar, it occurs mainly in lowland forest, a habitat that is under much pressure because of the growing human population and the resulting demand for agricultural land. Moreover, it is also locally selectively felled for its valued timber. It is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - eastern Madagascar.

Habitat

Evergreen humid forest at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Properties

Conservation StatusNear Threatened
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HabitTree
Height10.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant can be coppiced[
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This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The wood is used in traditional medicine to treat parasitic diseases including bilharzia, intestinal complaints including diarrhoea and dysentery, and to facilitate childbirth[
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The presence of flavonoids, tannins, triterpenes, steroids, coumarins and anthracenosides have been recorded for the plant[
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Other Uses

The bark is sometimes collected and used for tanning hides and dyeing[
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The heartwood is red to purplish grey with darker streaks; it is distinctly demarcated from the reddish grey sapwood. The texture is medium. The wood is moderately heavy, slightly lighter in weight than the wood of Dalbergia baronii, hard, elastic and moderately durable. The wood is suitable for sliced veneer. It is used for construction, carpentry and furniture. In the past, it has been used for railway sleepers[
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Propagation

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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