Dalbergia urschii is a deciduous tree growing 10 - 12 metres tall[
The tree is selectively felled in the wild for its high quality timber which is a form of rosewood. The wood is suitable for construction, and is especially valued for its colour and attractive grain - it can be used to make high quality furniture[
Dalbergia urschii is a rare species, endemic to Madagascar and known from only three localitiess. It is threatened by illegal logging and habitat loss, both activities which will induce a continuing decline in mature individuals and total population size. It is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
Africa - northern Madagascar.
Lowland deciduous, seasonally dry forest, growing in sandy soils[
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Found in sandy soils in the wild[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
]. In cultivation they 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 carpentry[
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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