Dalbergia glaberrima is a deciduous tree growing 8 - 12 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is used locally and also exported.
The trees are selectively felled to supply local and national markets, leading to a decline in population numbers. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - western Madagascar.
Seasonally dry forest and woodland on limestone outcrops[
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The wood is of good quality. It is used in construction and for making furniture[
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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