Dalbergia microcarpa R.Vig.
Dalbergia peltieri is a deciduous shrub or small tree, rarely growing more than 10 metres tall[
The tree is selectively felled in the wild for its timber, which is used locally.
Although Dalbergia peltieri has a quite wide distribution range in Madagascar, and appears to be fairly common at present, it is found in a vegetation type that has been severely degraded - it is in fact estimated that the western dry forest has reduced by approximately 40% since the 1970's, and that since human settlement of this region, an estimated 97% of the island’s dry deciduous western forests have been destroyed, and those remaining are extremely localized and isolated. In addition, the tree is selectively felled for mainly local use of its timber. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Africa - western Madagascar.
Dryland deciduous forests, growing on both sandy and clayey soils[
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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[
The wood is used for carpentry and construction[
]. A type of rosewood, but the wood is comparatively soft for a rosewood[
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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