Albizia tanganyicensis Baker f.

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Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Chikupo Cave, Masembura CL

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Chikupo Cave, Masembura CL

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: David Hartung
Hippo Pools near the hide

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Gwaai Forest, Forest Hills S. Road to Headquarters

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main Zvishavane - Rutenga road

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Synonyms: Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. var. australis Burtt Davy
Albizia rhodesica Burtt Davy
Common names: Paperbark albizia (English) Umphaphama (Ndebele)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Deciduous tree 9-20 m. Trunk very distinctive, pale grey to almost white, smooth and bearing peeling patches of pale brown papery bark. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-7 pairs of pinnae; leaflets mostly 7-13 pairs, slightly asymmetric, obovate-elliptic to ovate-oblong, 11-55 mm long, hairless or more or less crisped pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers usually before the new leaves; corolla pale green, 7-11 mm long, more or less brown hairy on the lobes; stamens numerous 1.5-4 cm long, white, greenish near the apex. Pods oblong, 10-35 cm long, hairless, more or less glossy brown, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: tanganyicensis: of Tanganyika (Tanzania)
Habitat: In rocky places and on kalahari sand.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1520 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 116 - 117.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 262 - 263. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 269 - 271. as Albizia rhodesica (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 63.

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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 240.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 45.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 55.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 94.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 510 - 511. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 608 - 609. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Albizia tanganyicensis., retrieved 26 March 2017

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