Taxon: Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. ex DC.

Genus: Dalbergia
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Faboideae
      Tribe: Dalbergieae
Nomen number: 13169
Place of publication: Prodr. 2:416. 1825 (W. Roxburgh, Hort. bengal. 52. 1814, nom. nud.)
Name Verified on: 23-Sep-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-Jul-2006
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 11 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: agroforestry (fidePl Res SEAs 5(1):160. 1993)
  • Environmental: potential for erosion control (fide Trop Leg)
  • Environmental: shade/shelter (fide Trop Leg)
  • Fuels: potential as fuelwood (fide Phytologia 85:106. 1998)
  • Materials: wood (timber fide Pl Res SEAs 5(1):160. 1993; Plantation Trees; Dalbergia Wkshop 40.)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Noxweed Aust)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Oman
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Iraq
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; Nepal; Pakistan
    • Indo-China: Myanmar

  • Cultivated:

    • : Africa
  • Africa

    • : Africa
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan


  • Alam. M. K. & M. K. Guha 1994. The genus Dalbergia Linn. f. in Bangladesh: taxonomy, ecology and economic aspects (Dalbergia Wkshop) 23.
  • Bhat, K. M. 1994. Wood diversity in Indian Dalbergia species: implications for utilization and genetic improvement (Dalbergia Wkshop) 40.
  • Brunel, J. F. et al., eds. Flore analytique du Togo. Phanerogames. 1984 (F Togo)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. 1959- (F China)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Grierson, A. J. C. & D. J. Long Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim. 1984- (F Bhutan)
  • Hara, H. et al. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal. 1978-1982 (L Nepal)
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11. 1990 (L Aust)
  • Jardim e Museu Agricola do Ultramar, Portugal Flora da Guine Portuguesa. 1971-1973 (F Guine Port)
  • Keay, R. W. J. Trees of Nigeria. 1989 (Trees Nigeria)
  • Kumar, S & P. V. Sane Legumes of South Asia: a checklist. 2003 (Leg SAsia)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Lock, J. M. Legumes of Africa: a checklist. 1989 (Leg Africa)
  • Lock, J. M. & C. S. Ford Legumes of Malesia: a checklist. 2004 (Leg Malesia)
  • Luna, R. K. Plantation trees. 1996 (Plantation Trees)
  • Matthew, K. M. The flora of the Tamilnadu Carnatic. 1983 (F TamilC)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. Flora of [West] Pakistan. 1970- (F Pak)
  • Nasir, S. M. & M. Athar 1998. Fuelwood as an energy source (Phytologia) 85:106.
  • National Academy of Sciences Tropical legumes: resources for the future. 1979 (Trop Leg)
  • Parrotta, J. A. Healing plants of peninsular India. 2001 (Healing Pl India)
  • Parsons, W. T. & E. G. Cuthbertson Noxious weeds of Australia. 1992 (Noxweed Aust)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. Flora iranica. 1963- (F Iran)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Sanjappa, M. Legumes of India. 1992 (Leg India)
  • Soerianegara, I. & R. H. M. J. Lemmens, eds. 1993. Timber trees: major commercial timbers (Pl Res SEAs) 5(1):160.
  • Thothathri, K. 1987. Taxonomic revision of the Dalbergieae in the Indian Subcontinent 37.
  • Townsend, C. C. & E. Guest Flora of Iraq. 1966- (F Iraq)
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)


Check other web resources for Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. ex DC. :

  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image