3443.000 Albizia Durazz. - False thorns


Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs without prickles or spines (except in our area for a very small prickle beneath the node in A. harveyi and some branchlets which may be sharp and spiny at the ends in A. anthelmintica). Leaves 2-pinnate; petiole with a single gland; rhachis eglandular; pinnae opposite or subopposite. Leaflets opposite. Inflorescence of axillary and solitary or fascicled, pedunculate, ± hemispheric "powder-puff" heads (in our area). Flowers bisexual or occasionally male; 1-2 modified central flowers in each head different in form to the others (readily seen here is this image of Albizia adianthifolia). Calyx with 5 teeth or lobes. Corolla gamopetalous with usually 5 lobes. Stamens numerous (19-50) and prominent, with filaments united in a staminal tube. Pod oblong, straight, flat. Seeds usually flat.

Derivation of name: Named after Filippo degli Albizzi, an Italian naturalist.

Worldwide: 118 species in warm Asia, Africa and America.

Zimbabwe: 12 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Cirina forda (Emperor moth) Food plant
Ericeia inangulata (Sober Tabby) Larval food plant
Grammodora nigrolineata (Black-lined eggar) Larval foodplant
Pseudobunaea tyrrhena (Cat's paw emperor) Food plant
Albizia gummifera

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

adianthifolia (Schumach.) W. WightDescription, Image
antunesiana HarmsDescription, Image
chinensis (Osbeck) Merr.Image
coriaria Welw. ex Oliv.Description, Image
falcataria (L.) Fosberg
gummifera (J.F. Gmel.) C.A. Sm.Description, Image
harveyi E. Fourn.Description, Image
julibrissin Durazz.
lebbeck (L.) Benth.Description, Image
odoratissima (L.f.) Benth.
procera (Roxb.) Benth.
versicolor Welw. ex Oliv.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Albizia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Albizia
Flora of Caprivi: Albizia
Flora of Malawi: Albizia
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Albizia
Flora of Mozambique: Albizia
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Albizia
Flora of Zambia: Albizia
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Albizia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Albizia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Albizia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Albizia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Albizia
Wikipedia: Albizia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Albizia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Albizia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Albizia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=666, retrieved 18 August 2022

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