Dalbergia tricolor is a deciduous tree growing 7 - 15 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a dye and source of wood.
An uncommon species, its native habitat is being reduced and fragmented by human activity. In addition, it is selectively felled for its wood. All this is leading to high pressure upon the population of this species, which has been classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - Madagascar.
Lowland deciduous, seasonally dry forest and woodland[
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A black dye is obtained from the bark[
A red dye is obtained from the wood[
The wood is violet coloured. It is often used for local 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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