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Valued timber but neglected tree: mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon).
For example, the African blackwood (also called grenadilla or mpingo) in grown in Tanzania and
Sebastian has donated some mpingo tree seedlings to the wood carvers who have planted them around their carving site and workshop in Moshi.
"I want them to plant 10,000 mpingo trees next year," says a beaming Sebastian.
African Blackwood tree seedlings, a respectable amount considering they cut down about 1,500 mpingo trees every year.
Known in Tanzania as African ironwood, African ebony, mpingo, poyi or mugembe (Brenan and Greenway, 1949; Gillet et al.,