Dalbergia erubescens is a deciduous shrub or small tree[
The tree is selectively felled from the wild for its valuable timber.
This species is only known from two forest remnants in a very restricted area of Ivohibe. Its habitat is in decline due to human activity and the tree is also being selectively felled for its valuable timber. It is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - south-central Madagascar.
Submontane evergreen forests[
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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.
]. We have very little information, other than it is a good quality rosewood that is selectively felled for its timber[
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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