Dalbergia odorifera seeds mature in December, commonly known as fragrant rosewood, is a small or medium-sized tree, 10–15 metres (33–49 ft) tall, endemic to China and occurs in Fujian, Hainan, Zhejiang and Guangdong.

Dalbergia odorifera seeds

  • It is used as a wood product and in folk medicine.This valuable wood is known in China as huali. Most of the higher quality furnitures from the Ming and early Qing dynasties were made of huali, now known as huanghuali, to distinguish it from the modern popular wood called xinhuali.

    Four compounds isolated from the root of this plant have been shown in a laboratory to have antioxidant properties.
    It is threatened by overexploitation.