Albizia zimmermannii Harms

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Albizia zimmermannii

Zambezi Escarpment; May 2003.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Albizia zimmermannii

Lusaka SE, grown from seed from the Zambezi escarpment; Oct 1996.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Albizia zimmermannii

Lusaka SE, grown from seed from the Zambezi escarpment; Sep 2012.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Albizia zimmermannii

Lusaka SE, grown from seed from the Zambezi escarpment.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Albizia nyasica Dunkley
Common names:
Status: Native
Medium-sized deciduous tree. Bark greyish-brown, rough; young branchlets hairy. Leaves with 4-7 pairs of pinnae; leaflets in 8-17 pairs per pinna, oblong, symmetrical; petiole with a gland just above the base. Flowers in rather small, semi-spherical heads; stamens up to 1.3 cm long, white fading to pink. Pods with conspicuous raised veins, large, up to 32 × 7 cm, crimson, turning brown with age, indehiscent.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: zimmermannii: after Philipp Wilhelm Albrecht Zimmermann, 1860-1931, botanist in Tanzania.
Habitat: Riverine and gorge forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and northern Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 30 September 2013

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 126 - 127.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 229. (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.

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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 zimmermannii., retrieved 21 April 2024

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