Amerimnon lanceolarium (L.f.) Kuntze
Dalbergia paniculata Roxb.
Dalbergia lanceolaria is a deciduous tree growing 15 - 30 metres tall. The straight bole can be 60 - 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and astringent bark. It is a beautiful tree when profusely covered with flowers and young leaves[
E. Asia - India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Usually found in mixed deciduous forest, evergreen and open forest, along streams, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
]. Low country, mainly in dry areas of Sri Lanka[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Young seedlings grow well in the dappled shade of the forest, but they become more light-demanding as they grow older[
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 bark is astringent[
The bark contains 14% tannin[
The wood is white or yellowish-white, with no clearly defines heartwood[
]. It is moderately hard[
]. The wood is used for tool-handles, boats, rafters, scantlings, packaging, and other general purposes[
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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