Dalbergia tonkinensis

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Dalbergia tonkinensis
Dalbergia tonkinensis - Hanoi Botanical Garden - Hanoi, Vietnam - DSC03637.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Dalbergia
Species: D. tonkinensis
Binomial name
Dalbergia tonkinensis

Dalbergia tonkinensis (or sua) is a species of legume in the Fabaceae family. It is a small tree, 5–13 metres (16–43 ft) tall, found in Hainan Island of China and Vietnam.[2] It is threatened by habitat loss and overexploitation for timber.[1]

Furniture made from sua wood is particularly prized in China.[3][4] While commercial sales of sua are banned in Vietnam, private sales and auctions are still permitted.[3] Individual trees have sold for over a million US dollars.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b Ban, N.T. (1998). "Dalbergia tonkinensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Dezhao Chen; Dianxiang Zhang & Kai Larsen. "Dalbergia tonkinensis". Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Endangered Vietnam tree felled for timber". The Australian. Deutsche Presse Agentur. 27 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Van Bien (Dan Viet) (2015). "Why do Chinese people have a mania for with Dan Huynh wood (Sua wood)". Truc Huy Villa. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "200-year-old sua tree sold for over $1 million". VietNamNet Online Newspaper. 11 April 2017. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017.