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.

Zambia: 12 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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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
adianthifolia (Schumach.) W. WightN,W,C,ENw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,E,CDescription, Image
amara (Roxb.) Boivin subsp. sericocephala (Benth.) BrenanCb,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
anthelmintica (A. Rich.) Brongn.B,N,C,E,SNw,Mc,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
antunesiana HarmsB,N,W,C,E,SNw,Cb,N,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
brevifolia SchinzLk,SDescription, Image
coriaria Welw. ex Oliv.NLp,NDescription, Image
glaberrima (Schumach. & Thonn.) Benth. var. glabrescens (Oliv.) BrenanN,C,SLp,N,Mc,SDescription, Image
harveyi E. Fourn.B,C,E,SNw,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
isenbergiana (A.Rich.) Fourn. [DD]W,C,E,SCb,E,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
tanganyicensis Baker f.C,SC,Lk,SDescription, Image
versicolor Welw. ex Oliv.Nw,N,E,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
zimmermannii HarmsC,SLk,SDescription, 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: cultivated Albizia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Albizia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Albizia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=666, retrieved 17 October 2021

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