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H. G. Richter, K. Gembruch, G. Koch

Dalbergia spp. Madagascar I (Palissandre de Madagascar) - CITES II

Nomenclature. Family: FABACEAE-FABOIDEAE. Other trade relevant species: Dalbergia baroni, D. louvelii, D. madagascariensis, D. maritima, D. monticola, D. normandii, D. obtusa. Further trade and local names: for example. Code according to DIN EN 13556: none. Internal code: MPA I.

CITES(EU) status of protection. Listed in Annex II(B). Similar woods: other species of the genus Dalbergia .

Geographic distribution. Madagascar & other islands. Predominatly eastern Madagascar.

Growth rings, colour, grain, etc. Growth ring boundaries indistinct or absent. Heartwood basically brown, red, yellow, purple (variable according to species); with streaks, or without streaks. Sapwood distinct from heartwood colour. Odour distinct, or indistinct or absent. Wood heavy and hard (0.8–1,0 g/cm³). Interlocked grain present.

Hardwood vs softwood. Vessels (pores) present (= hardwood).

Vessels (pores). Wood diffuse-porous. Vessels (pores) in multiples; commonly in short (2–3 vessels) radial rows, or in clusters. Vessels large; very few. Tyloses absent. Other deposits in heartwood vessels (pores) present, or absent (in case sapwood is mistaken for heartwood).

Axial parenchyma. Axial parenchyma present; banded. Parenchyma bands not (only) marginal; narrow; forming a reticulate pattern with rays, or much wider than rays. Other macroscopically visible types of axial parenchyma: vasicentric, aliform. Aliform parenchyma of the lozenge type.

Rays. Rays narrow. Large rays commonly less than 1 mm high.

Storied structure. Storied structure present. Tiers regular (horizontal or slightly inclined), or irregular; 5–6 per axial millimetre.

Physical and chemical tests. Heartwood not fluorescent (with available specimens). Heartwood extractives not leachable by water. Froth test negative. Splinter burns to full ash; colour of ash white to grey.

Additional information. • mpa_i.jpg. D. baroni.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Richter, H.G., Gembruch, K., and Koch, G. 2014 onwards. CITESwoodID: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English, French, German, and Spanish. Version: 16th May 2014. delta-intkey.com’.

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