Albizia harveyi E. Fourn.

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Albizia harveyi

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Albizia harveyi

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Albizia harveyi

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Albizia harveyi

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Albizia harveyi

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Albizia hypoleuca Oliv.
Albizia pallida Harv.
Common names: Muchangiza (Shona) Mugarahanga (Shona) Mugunduzi (Shona) Muwora (Shona) Sickle-leaved albizia (English) Umbola (Ndebele)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Slender, deciduous, small tree. Bark greyish-brown, rough and furrowed; young branchlets velvety. Leaves with 6-20 pairs of pinnae; rhachis ending in a small hook; leaflets in 12-24 pairs per pinna, slightly sickle-shaped, pointed at the apex, obovate to almost circular; petiole hairy with a gland above the middle. Flowers in fluffy, semi-spherical heads, creamy-white; stamens up to 2 cm. Pods flattened, narrow, up to 18 cm, brown.
Notes: This species may be confused with A. amara. That species, however, has more rounded tips to the leaflets, which are greyish velvety and straight. The also similar A. forbesii has broader leaflets and pods, and 2-7 pairs of pinnae.
Derivation of specific name: harveyi: named after William Harvey (1811-1866), Irish botanist in South Africa
Habitat: In dry woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1450 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From southern Kenya to Botswana and in South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2006

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Flora of Botswana: Albizia harveyi
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Flora of Mozambique: Albizia harveyi
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Albizia harveyi

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Albizia harveyi
African Plant Database: Albizia harveyi
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Albizia harveyi
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Albizia harveyi
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Wikipedia: Albizia harveyi

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Albizia harveyi., retrieved 24 March 2023

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