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.

Mozambique: 3 cultivated taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Cirina forda (Emperor moth)
Ericeia inangulata (Sober Tabby)
Grammodora nigrolineata (Black-lined eggar)
Pseudobunaea tyrrhena (Cat's paw emperor)
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Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

falcataria (L.) Fosberg
lebbeck (L.) Benth.Description, Image
odoratissima (L.f.) Benth.

Other sources of information about Albizia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Albizia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Albizia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Albizia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Albizia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Albizia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Albizia
JSTOR Plant Science: Albizia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Albizia
Plants of the World Online: Albizia
Tropicos: Albizia
Wikipedia: Albizia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: genus page: Albizia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=666, retrieved 6 December 2023

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