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  • African Blackwood or Mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to seasonally dry regions of Africa from Senegal east to Eritrea and south to the Transvaal in South Africa.

    January 17, 2009

  • Swahili word for the dense, purplish-brown wood of the East African tree Dalbergia melanoxylon--family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)--used for making woodwind instruments; the tree itself. Also called African blackwood, African ebony. In Zulu, umphingo.

    October 1, 2008