Dalbergia saxatilis is usually a vigorous climbing shrub producing stems up to 20 metres long, though sometimes it remains smaller, growing as a shrub only 2 - 3 metres tall[
]. The stem is usually up to 5cm in diameter near the base, but can occasionally reach 15cm[
]. The branches are very tortuous, with some of them modified as woody spine hooks[
The plant is harvested from the wild, mainly for local medicinal use and for its wood. It is sometimes used as a leafy vegetable, and is occasionally sold in local markets[
Tropical Africa - Senegal to DR Congo, south to Angola.
A climbing shrub in rainforest, or a shrub in waste land and brushwood; also in gallery forest; mixed forests; regrowths; thickets; forest-cleared places; edge of short-grass savannah; deciduous and dry forests; old farms; sea-level to 1,400 metres[
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There are conflicting reports on whether or not this tree has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, so it is unclear as to whether this tree fixes atmospheric nitrogen[
Tender young leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. A glutinous texture[
The plant is used as an anthelmintic and abortifacient, and also to treat leprosy[
The wood is occasionally used locally for hoe and axe handles[
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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