Albizia versicolor Welw. ex Oliv.

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Albizia versicolor

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd, Lambo River

Albizia versicolor

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd, Lambo River

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Synonyms: Albizia mossambicensis Sim
Common names: Mubungati (Shona) Mugaranyenze (Shona) Mukauzane (Shona) Muriranyedzi (Shona) Poison-pod albizia (English) Umnonjwana (Ndebele)
Status: Native
Medium to large deciduous tree, often with a spreading crown. Bark greyish-brown, rough; young branchlets hairy. Leaves with 1-4 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 3-5 pairs per pinna, large, c. 5.5 × 3 cm, broadly ovate, leathery, hairy on both sides; petiole with a gland just above the base. Flowers in large, fluffy, semi-spherical heads, creamy-white, appearing with the young leaves; stamens up to 7 cm. Pods hairless, reddish-brown up to 27 × 6 cm.
Notes: The pods contain a toxin called tetramethoxypyridoxine. It causes a disease known as albiziosis. Poisoning usually occurs in late winter when pods are blown off the trees and ingested by animals. It results in a variety of neurological symptoms progressing to death.
Source: Roy Wakefield
Derivation of specific name: versicolor: variously coloured or changing in colour, referring to the Spring leaves
Habitat: In a variety of open woodland habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1550 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From DRC to Kenya and South to KwaZulu-Natal and Angola
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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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: Species information: Albizia versicolor., retrieved 31 May 2016

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