Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dalbergia latifolia

Dalbergia latifolia Roxb.(Family Fabaceae) has a round canopy and in the wild the tree can go up to 40 m tall with diameter up to 2 m. Distribution of the plant covers the Himalayas to the southern tip of India. It is also found on the island of Java in Indonesia, where two variants are found.has a round canopy and in the wild the tree can go up to 40 m tall with diameter up to 2 m. Distribution of the plant covers the Himalayas to the southern tip of India. It is also found on the island of Java in Indonesia, where two variants are found.

The tree trunk can be processed into commercial important high-value timber known as Indian rosewood or black rosewood. The heartwood is hard and can make durable wooden structures and furniture.

The tree has pinnate compound leaves with unequal sized broad leaflets. The perimeter of leaflets are weavy differentiating them from the Thailand rosewood species, Dalbergia cochinchinensi.The flowers are small and white and are borne in inflorescence.

Reference:

Dorthe Jøker 2004. Dalbergia latifolia Roxb. Seed LLeaflet No. 90 August 2004. Forest & Landscape Denmark. Downloaded on 23rd January 2013 from http://curis.ku.dk/ws/files/20546982/Dalbergia_latifolia_90.pdf

The picture below were taken at the Kuala Terengganu Airport parking lot.