Dalbergia hildebrandtii is a deciduous tree usually growing up to 10 metres tall, but sometimes larger[
The tree is selectively felled in the wild for its good quality wood.
Although widespread in northern Madagascar, the species is uncommon and its habitat is being gradually reduced and fragmented by human activity. Its population is also being reduced by selective felling for its valuable timber. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - northern and western Madagascar.
Deciduous, seasonally dry forest and woodland, at elevations up to 600 metres[
]. It is usually found on sandy, clayey or rocky soils[
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Succeeds in a wide range of soils in the wild[
The wood is a good quality rosewood, valued for cabinet making[
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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