Dalbergia melanoxylon


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dalbergia melanoxylon
Species Authority: Guill. & Perr.
Common Name(s):
English African Blackwood, Mozambique Ebony

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/near threatened ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): World Conservation Monitoring Centre
1997 Not Threatened (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Found in at least 26 sub-Saharan countries.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia (Caprivi Strip); Nigeria; Senegal; South Africa (Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga); South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: As a species there is no imminent threat of extinction.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in a range of woodland habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its timber, mpingo, is widely used in the wood carving industry and in musical instrument manufacture. Levels of exploitation are very high and larger or suitably exploitable individuals are becoming increasingly scarce. There is cause for concern over genetic erosion in many populations.

Citation: World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Dalbergia melanoxylon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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