Dalbergia bernieri Baill.
Common Name: Manary
Dalbergia suaresensis is a deciduous tree that can grow around 12 metres tall[
The tree is selectively felled in the wild for its good quality timber, a type of rosewod.
This species has a very small range and the forests it grows in have been greatly reduced and fragmented by human activity. In addition, selective felling has greatly reduced this species' population. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - northern Madagascar.
Lowland, seasonally dry deciduous forest; at elevations up to 600 metres[
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The plant grows in the wild on sandy, sandstone or limestone soils[
]. In cultivation it is likely to do well in a fertile, loam soil and a position in full sun[
The wood is a good quality rosewood, It is used for 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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