Dalbergia lemurica is a deciduous tree usually growing 6 - 12 metres tall, but specimens up to 20 metres are known[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its useful timber.
Although apparently widespread, most records are from near Morondava, where the habitat is being rapidly reduced and the trees are selectively felled. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - western Madagascar.
Dryland deciduous forests on sandy and calcareous soils[
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The reddish wood is used for cabinet making and joinery[
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[
Air layering has been successful on an experimental basis[
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