Dalbergia melanoxylon Guill. & Perr.

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Dalbergia melanoxylon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Dalbergia melanoxylon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umvumvumvu R. gorge

Dalbergia melanoxylon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Altar site, Mutare

Dalbergia melanoxylon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Altar site, Mutare

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Common names: Blackwood dalbergia (English) Zebrawood (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Large deciduous shrub or multi-stemmed, straggling tree. Small branchlets modified into spines. Leaves imparipinnate, clustered on small branchlets. Leaflets variable heart-shaped or oval. Flowers small, sweetly scented, white, in branched clusters, often appearing before or with the new leaves. Pods papery, not splitting.
Notes: Fairly widespread and not (yet) heavily exploited for its wood in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: melanoxylon: from the Greek: melanos, meaning black, xylon meaning wood, referring to the black wood.
Habitat: In mixed woodland, thickets, on rocky outcrops or termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 760 - 1490 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Ethiopia and South to Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in southern Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Wednesday 22 March 2006

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dalbergia melanoxylon.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131070, retrieved 18 October 2021

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