Dalbergia decipularis is a deciduous tree growing 8 - 12 metres tall in the moister part of its range, but smaller in the drier areas[
]. The cylindrical bole can be 15 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is very ornamental[
S. America - eastern Brazil in Bahia and northern Minas Gerais.
Semideciduous dry forests and the dry forests of northeast Brazil, most commonly in secondary formations and favouring moist depressions[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Plants grow moderately quickly[
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[
The wood is coarse-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, hard, highly resistant to rot[
]. Easy to work but of small dimensions, it is suitable for fine furniture, decorative objects, turned pieces, parquet flooring and marquetry[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a nursery seedbed in a partially shaded position. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seeds sprouting in just over one week[
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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