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Genus: Albizia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Subfamily: Mimosoideae

About 145 species, distributed from Africa to Asia and Australia. There are 17 species native to southern Africa, three species that are naturalised to the region, and an additional eight species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Albizia adianthifolia (Flat-crown albizia)

Albizia amara

Albizia anthelmintica

Albizia antunesiana

Albizia brevifolia (Mountain false-thorn)

Albizia chinensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Albizia forbesii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

Albizia glaberrima

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Albizia gummifera

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Albizia harveyi

Albizia petersiana

 

Albizia procera

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Albizia schimperiana

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Albizia suluensis

 

Albizia tanganyicensis

Albizia versicolor (Large-leaved false-thorn)

Albizia zimmermannii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

 List from Plants of southern Africa (POSA) - an online checklist (SANBI).

Albizia julibrissin (Silk tree, Pink siris)

Native from Iran to China and Korea.

 

Albizia lebbeck (Lebbeck tree, Lebbeckboom, Siris)

Native from India to Australia. A Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa.

 

Albizia procera (False lebbeck, Basterlebbeck)

Native from India to the Philippines. A Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa.

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2000).

Albizia chinensis (Chinese false-thorn)

Native from Pakistan to Indonesia.

 

Albizia coriaria

Native to tropical Africa.

 

Albizia falcataria (Batai wood)

Native to Indonesia.

 

Albizia niopoides

Native to South America and the West Indies.

 

Albizia odoratissima

Native from India to Malaysia.

 

Albizia pruinosa

Native to Australia.

 

Albizia saman (Rain tree)

Native from Mexico to Brazil.

 

Albizia saponaria

Native from Indochina to the Philippines.

 

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 


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