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Useful Tropical Plants

Dalbergia latifolia

Roxb.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Black Rosewood

Dalbergia latifolia
Tree
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General Information

Black rosewood can be evergreen or deciduous, depending on the climate and the situation in which it grows. A medium to large-sized tree with a dome shaped crown of lush green foliage, it can grow up to 40 metres tall with a clear bole that can be more than 20 metres tall and 50cm in diameter[
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An excellent online database of a huge range of trees giving very good information on each plant - its uses, ecology, identity, propagation, pests etc.
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The species is grown commercially for its high-value timber in several countries, and is also planted as a shade tree[
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Seed Leaflets
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Various
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Forest & Landscape. Denmark
Year
0
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Description
A series of leaflets, jointly produced by the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, focussing on seed information for a number species, but also giving a lot of other information about each plant.
,
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Title
Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
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http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
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Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
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The timber is of high commercial value and wild subpopulations are widely overexploited[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. Considerable pressure continues to be exerted by illegal felling, leading to the tree being listed as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - Indian subcontinent; Java in Indonesia.

Habitat

Mainly found in monsoon forests in association with species such as Tectona grandis, Albizzia chinensis, and Cassia fistula[
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http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
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Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
]. In the southwestern part of its range, it also occurs in evergreen forests[
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Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
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Author
 
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http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
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Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
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Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height30.00 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A species of tropical, lowland monsoonal areas, it has been successfully cultivated at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
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Title
Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
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Author
 
Website
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
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Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
]. The annual rainfall in its natural habitat ranges from 750 - 5,000 mm[
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Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
]. The tree thrives in areas with up to 6 dry months with mean monthly rainfall of less than 40 mm[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. It tolerates minimum temperatures as low as 0 - 6°c[
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Grows best on deep, well-drained, moist soils[
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Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
]. The species thrives in a variety of soil conditions including alluvial, lateritic and gneissic soils and broken rock[
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Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
]. Requires a sunny position[
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Author
 
Website
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
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Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
]. A moderate light demander, seedlings can withstand moderate shade[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. In too open locations trees tend to become crooked and branchy[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Older trees are very drought resistant[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Rotations of between 60 - 150 years are required for the production of high-grade timber[
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Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
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Author
 
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http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
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Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
].
Seedlings of Dalbergia latifolia have a strong taproot and are practically devoid of any secondary roots when young[
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Initial growth of the seedlings is slow. Nodules which are the result of symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria are already found on the roots of seedlings[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
Young trees are also relatively slow growing, but reported growth rates differ considerably. In Java (Indonesia) an annual height growth of 2 metres and an annual volume increment of 15 cubic metres/ha have been recorded for young plantations on favourable sites, but in India 10-year-old stands had an average height of 6 metres with a bole diameter of 4 - 5 cm[
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In India the average age of reaching a diameter of 60 cm has been estimated at no less than 240 years![
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The root system of older trees is well developed with deep tap roots and long lateral roots. When near the soil surface, the roots can produce suckers, many of which develop into trees[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
325
Title
Seed Leaflets
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
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Publisher
Forest & Landscape. Denmark
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of leaflets, jointly produced by the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, focussing on seed information for a number species, but also giving a lot of other information about each plant.
].
Trees can be coppiced and pollarded[
299
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Two varieties are recognised in Java:-
'Sonokeling' This is the native variety, it is straight-stemmed and used in agroforestry. It seldom produces seeds and is reproduced by suckers[
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Seed Leaflets
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Various
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Publisher
Forest & Landscape. Denmark
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of leaflets, jointly produced by the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, focussing on seed information for a number species, but also giving a lot of other information about each plant.
].
'Sonobrits' This is the naturalised variety of Indian origin, it produces seed yearly. The tree is crooked-stemmed, fast growing and is used in land rehabilitation. The wood of sonobrits is less valuable because of crooked form and a more dull colour[
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Seed Leaflets
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Various
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Publisher
Forest & Landscape. Denmark
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of leaflets, jointly produced by the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, focussing on seed information for a number species, but also giving a lot of other information about each plant.
]..
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[
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Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The bark is used in traditional medicine in India, to treat diarrhoea, indigestion and leprosy, and as a vermifuge[
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Agroforestry Uses:

Used as a shade tree in agroforestry in India and Indonesia, for reforestation of eroded soils, and as a soil improver fixing nitrogen and providing mulch[
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]. It is also planted as a roadside tree and shade tree in coffee plantations[
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During the first three years the trees are interplanted with rice, maize, beans or cassava and later, when the canopies begin to close, they are underplanted with shade-tolerant crops like coffee, turmeric and ginger[
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Publisher
Forest & Landscape. Denmark
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of leaflets, jointly produced by the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, focussing on seed information for a number species, but also giving a lot of other information about each plant.
]. In other systems it is grown with fruit trees like mango, annona, jackfruits and guava[
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Seed Leaflets
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Various
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Publisher
Forest & Landscape. Denmark
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of leaflets, jointly produced by the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, focussing on seed information for a number species, but also giving a lot of other information about each plant.
].

Other Uses

The heartwood varies in colour from rose to dark-brown with darker purple-black lines or deep purple with black lines - the darker streaks impart[ng an attractive figure to the timber; it is clearly demarcated from the yellowish or pale yellowish-white sapwood that often has a purple tinge. The wood is light in weight, close and firm. It has exceptional dimensional stability, and retains its shape very well after seasoning. It is rather difficult to work with hand tools, but is quite easy to machine; it can be planed to a smooth surface.; turning, screwing, polishing and gluing give good results; and the wood can be peeled or sliced to make decorative veneer and plywood. The heartwood is durable, being resistant to dry-wood termites and wood-rotting fungi; it is difficult to treat with preservatives. The sapwood is perishable but readily treatable. The wood is used for fine furniture; cabinet making; as a decorative wood used, for example, in passenger ships and for instrument cases; musical instruments; turnery, flooring and decorative veneers[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
303
Title
World Agroforesty Centre
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.worldagroforestry.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online database of a huge range of trees giving very good information on each plant - its uses, ecology, identity, propagation, pests etc.
,
349
Title
Global Tree Campaign - 40 Species in Trade
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/trade/40_species_in_trade.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the habitats, uses and some cultivation notes for 40 species of timber trees.
]. It is suitable for high-grade plywood and, owing to its beautiful colour and figure, for decorative veneer[
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]. Because of its strength and durability, it is suitable for all kinds of constructional work, doors, window frames and wagon building[
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]. It is also used for handles of heavy-duty hammers and axes and for agricultural implements such as ploughs, harrows and rollers[
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]. In cart and carriage building, it is used for wheel rims, spokes, poles and shafts[
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]. It is one of the most popular woods for carving and engraving[
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]. It is suitable for turnery and is excellent for high-class bentwood furniture, walking sticks, umbrella handles and other bentwood articles[
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Propagation

Seed - can be sown in situ. Seeds have no dormancy and so pre-treatment is not necessary, although pre-soaking in water for 12 - 24 hours accelerates germination[
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]. Germination of fresh seed takes 7 - 25 days, and the germination rate is 45 - 80%[
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]. For planting, seeds are sown in well-raised seedbeds of porous sandy loam or in polythene bags[
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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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Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
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Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Seeds remain viable for up to 6 months[
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Under natural conditions regeneration is generally satisfactory, with seeds germinating at the beginning of the rainy season. However, seedlings should be protected against fire and grazing[
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Root suckers of 1 - 2.5 cm diameter[
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]. Root and stem cuttings can also be used[
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]. The buds of root suckers and stem cuttings start to sprout about 9 days after planting, and those of root cuttings about 15 days after planting, but after 2 months all young plants have more or less the same height[
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