African Blackwood

Dalbergia melanoxylon

Dalbergia melanoxylon, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a protected area at Nairobi National Park, Kenya. October 2016.

Habit of Dalbergia melanoxylon, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: Dense clusters of small, white pea-flowers appear when tree is partly leafless during dry season. The flowers are attractive to a wide variety of insects, bees and even sunbirds.

TREE: Small tree size up to 15 m. Smooth, gray-brown bark. tall.

LEAVES: Leaves are pinnate with about 3 to 6 pairs of ovate leaflets. Dry season deciduous.

RANGE: Previously an important tree in seasonally dry woodlands, but now uncommon due to over-harvesting for wood.

FRUIT: A flattened, wing-like bean pod with a one or two seeds.

ARMED: Some clusters of straight spines derived from the shoots.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family -- Paplionoideae - Typical Bean Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 02 Dec. 2016