Albizia glaberrima (Schumach. & Thonn.) Benth.
var. glabrescens (Oliv.) Brenan

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Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens

Drawing showing characteristics for Albizia glaberrima
Lusaka 1976; Patricia Bingham

Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens

Lumangwe Falls
Oct 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens

Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm
Oct 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens

Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm
Oct 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Albizia glabrescens Oliv.
Common names:
Fairly large tree with a more or less flattened crown. Leaves with 1-3 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 3-6 pairs per pinna, obliquely rhombic-ovate, asymmetrical at the base. Flowers in semi-spherical heads, white, stamens short up to c. 1cm. Pods narrow up to 30 cm, brown.
Type location:
Syntypes from Tanzania and Mozambique
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: River banks
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N,Mc,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 128 - 129.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 228. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 260. (Includes a picture).

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 240.

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.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens
Flora of Mozambique: Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Albizia glaberrima
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Albizia glaberrima
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Wikipedia: Albizia glaberrima

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Albizia glaberrima var. glabrescens., retrieved 5 March 2024

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