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: 20 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)
Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adianthifolia (Schumach.) W. Wight var. adianthifolia N,Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
adianthifolia × gummifera N,MS
amara (Roxb.) Boivin subsp. amara N,MS
amara (Roxb.) Boivin subsp. sericocephala (Benth.) BrenanDescription, Image
anthelmintica (A. Rich.) Brongn.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
antunesiana HarmsT,MSDescription, Image
brevifolia SchinzT,MSDescription, Image
forbesii Benth.N,Z,MS,GI,M
glaberrima (Schumach. & Thonn.) Benth. var. glabrescens (Oliv.) BrenanN,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
gummifera (J.F. Gmel.) C.A. Sm.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
harveyi E. Fourn.N,Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
isenbergiana (A.Rich.) Fourn. NDescription, Image
lebbeck (L.) Benth.Description, Image
petersiana (Bolle) Oliv. subsp. evansii (Burtt Davy) Brenan
petersiana (Bolle) Oliv. subsp. petersiana NImage
schimperiana Oliv. var. schimperiana N,T,MSDescription, Image
schimperiana Oliv. var. amaniensis (Baker f.) BrenanMS
tanganyicensis Baker f.N,TDescription, Image
versicolor Welw. ex Oliv.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
zimmermannii HarmsZ,T,MSDescription, Image

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: cultivated 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: Genus page: Albizia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=666, retrieved 9 December 2023

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