Dalbergia sissoo (PROSEA)

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Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. ex DC.

Protologue: Prodr. 2: 416 (1825).

Vernacular names

  • Sonosissoo (general)
  • Indonesia: sonowaseso (Java)
  • Thailand: pradu-khaek, du-khaek (Lampang).


Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India; planted in mainland South-East Asia, Java and Africa.


The timber is used as sonosissoo. The tree is planted in agroforestry systems, the leaves are used as forage, the wood is used as firewood.


  • A small to medium-sized tree of up to 30 m tall, bole often crooked and branchless for 3-8 m, with a diameter of up to 100 cm, buttresses absent.
  • Leaves with 3-5 leaflets and a zig-zag rachis, leaflets abruptly acuminate.
  • Flowers sessile or subsessile, corolla yellowish-white, stamens 9-10, style 0.3-0.5 mm long.
  • Pod 3-8 cm × 1-1.3 cm, with 1-2(-3) seeds.

D. sissoo grows on well-drained colluvial and alluvial soils, often near rivers and streams up to 1500 m altitude.

Selected sources

35, 102, 120, 160, 217, 234, 281, 328, 461, 563, 672, 712, 766.

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