Albizia adianthifolia (Schumach.) W. Wight
var. adianthifolia

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Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Dunrobin Mine; Apr 1996.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Chibombo; Sep 1973.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Samfya beach; Oct 1997.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Albizia chirindensis (Swynn. ex Baker f.) Swynn. ex Steedman
Common names: Flat-crowned albizia (English: Zambia) Kabanzi-banzi (Kaonde) Kabanzi-banzi (Lunda) Mubanse (Bemba) Mubanse (Kaonde) Mutanga (Bemba) Mutanga (Nyanja)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Large flat-crowned tree. Bark grey, usually rough with shallow squares, like scales; young branches densely covered in rusty-brown hairs. Stipules ovate, c. 5-12 × 3-8 mm. Leaves bipinnate with 5-8 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 9-17 pairs per pinna, oblong to almost rectangular with the midrib diagonally across, rounded and lacking a "heel", dark green above, densely pubescent all over the surface beneath; rhachis and petiole hairy with a gland at the base. Flowers in semi-spherical heads, creamy-white; staminal tube greenish (rarely pink or red), exserted up to 2.5 cm beyond the corolla. Pod dehiscent, pale brown, oblong, not glossy, densely and persistently pubescent. The pods take more than 9 months to mature.
Type location:
Notes: Albizia gummifera, which is cultivated as a street or shade tree in Lusaka, is a montane forest species, not recorded in the wild in Zambia. It is distinguished from A. adianthifolia by the ‘heel’ at the base of the leaflet, and the pink staminal tubes.
Derivation of specific name: adianthifolia: leaves like a Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum sp.).
Habitat: Secondary miombo woodland, roadsides.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, as far south as KwaZulu-Natal.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,E,C
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes cithaeron cithaeron (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 1 October 2013

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 20.

Brenan, J.P.M. (1952). The Albizzia gummifera complex Kew Bulletin 7(4) Pages 520 - 528. (Includes a picture).

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 130 - 132. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 230. As Albizia adianthifolia adianthifolia (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4. As Albizia adianthifolia adianthifolia

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 215.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 239.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 45.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 26.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 16. as Albizzia chirindensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 93.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 74.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia., retrieved 20 May 2024

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