Dalbergia bathiei is a deciduous tree.
The tree is selectively felled in the wild for its valuable timber, which is a rosewood that is used locally and also exported[
This species is confined to a few small areas of lowland, evergreen, humid forest, mainly along river margins. The habitat has been severely reduced due to human activity and the tree is selectively felled for its valuable timber. The outcome is that very few adult specimens have been recorded and the population is severely fragmented. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - eastern Madagascar.
Lowland, evergreen, humid forest, mainly along river margins[
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Species in this genus are mainly found in the wild growing in sany soils and on limestone escarpments[
]. In cultivation they are likely to do well in a fertile, loam soil and a position in full sun[
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 wood is a good quality rosewood that is used 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[
Softwood cuttings of many species, especially if taken from younger plants, will root in a well-drained, sandy medium in a closed case with bottom heat[
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