Albizia adianthifolia (Schumach.) W. Wight

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Albizia adianthifolia

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Nyamkombe River, at edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

Albizia adianthifolia

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Nyamkombe River, at edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

Albizia adianthifolia

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Nyamkombe River, at edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

Albizia adianthifolia

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Nyamkombe River, at edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

Albizia adianthifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Albizia adianthifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Albizia adianthifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

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Synonyms: Albizia chirindensis (Swynn. ex Baker f.) Swynn. ex Steedman
Common names: Rough-barked flat-top (English)
Description: Large flat-crowned tree. Bark grey, usually rough with shallow squares, like scales; young branches densely covered in rusty-brown hairs. Stipules ovate, c. 5-12 × 3-8 mm. Leaves bipinnate with 5-8 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 9-17 pairs per pinna, oblong to almost rectangular with the midrib diagonally across, rounded and lacking a "heel", dark green above, densely pubescent all over the surface beneath; rhachis and petiole hairy with a gland at the base. Flowers in semi-spherical heads, creamy-white; staminal tube greenish (rarely pink or red), exserted up to 2.5 cm beyond the corolla. Pod dehiscent, pale brown, oblong, not glossy, densely and persistently pubescent. The pods take more than 9 months to mature.
Notes: Note: See the similar A. gummifera for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: adianthifolia: leaves like a Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum sp.)
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, as far south as KwaZulu-Natal.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes cithaeron cithaeron (Food plant)
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Image last updated: Saturday 26 February 2011
Literature:

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 20.

Brenan, J.P.M. (1952). The Albizzia gummifera complex Kew Bulletin 7(4) Pages 520 - 528. (Includes a picture).

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 130 - 132. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 215.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 239.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 16. as Albizzia chirindensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 93.

Other sources of information about Albizia adianthifolia:

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Flora of Malawi: Albizia adianthifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Albizia adianthifolia
Flora of Zambia: Albizia adianthifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Albizia adianthifolia

External websites:

African Plant Database: Albizia adianthifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Albizia adianthifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Albizia adianthifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Albizia adianthifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Albizia adianthifolia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Albizia adianthifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Albizia adianthifolia
Ispot Southern Africa : Albizia adianthifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Albizia adianthifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Albizia adianthifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Albizia adianthifolia
Tropicos: Albizia adianthifolia
West African Plants database: Albizia adianthifolia


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Albizia adianthifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=125570, retrieved 25 July 2016

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