Dalbergia normandii is an evergreen tree growing up to 15 metres tall.
The tree is selectively felled from the wild for its wood, which is a high quality rosewood used locally and also exported.
A very rare species known from only two localities in north-east Madagascar, its forest habitat has been severely fragmented by human activity. Selective felling for its valuable timber has further depleted its population. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - northeastern Madagascar.
Humid, evergreen coastal forest[
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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 purple-red wood is a rosewood of excellent quality that is highly valued in 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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