Dalbergia chlorocarpa is a deciduous tree usually growing up to 15 metres tall, occasionally to 20 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded in small amounts in local and international markets, often mixed with the wood of other Dalbergia species[
Although fairly widespread in western Madagascar, the tree is selectively felled for its timber and its natural habitat has been severely reduced and fragmented by human activity. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - western Madagascar.
Scattered in deciduous, seasonally dry forest and woodland, at elevations up to 400 metres. It is found mainly on sandy soils[
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Found mainly on sandy soils in the wild[
]. In cultivation plants are likely to do well in a fertile, loam soil and a position in full sun[
A high quality wood, it is used for construction and cabinet making[
The wood is used for fuel[
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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