Albizia amara (Roxb.) Boivin

  • Family : FABACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
  • Subfamily : Mimosoideae
  • Species : Albizia amara
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Albizia amara subsp. sericocephala (Benth.)Brenan
  • Common name : Oil-cake Tree
  • Vernacular name : Chigare, Tugli mara (Kan.); Unjal (Hin.)
  • Collection Nos : KFP 391, KFP 1607
  • Collector(s) Name : C.J.Saldanha & S.R.Ramesh
  • Key identification features : An unarmed small to medium sized deciduous tree with rounded crown and with fissured, rough bark. Leaves are bipinnate with a gland on the petiole, densely pubescent, pinnae with about 6-15 pairs, leaflets of about 10-46 pairs. Flowers are small and in head inflorescence, white or flushed pink. Corolla is yellow. Stamens are long, with pinkish filament. Pod is thin, flat, brown and distinctly stalked with 6-8 seeds.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : India, SriLanka, Tropical Africa (Nayar 2006)
  • Comments : Frequent in dry deciduous or scrub. Leaves are used as a soap substitute for washing the hair.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Sagaranahalli (Tumkur)
  • Distribution Locality : Bagalkot, Bangalore, Belgaum, Bellary, Bidar, Bijapur, Chamrajnagar, Chikamagalur, Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gadag, Gulbarga, Hassan, Haveri, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Mandya, Mysore, Raichur, Ramanagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Yadgir
  • Floras referred : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Hassan; Saldanha, 1984; Gowda, 2004 - Sringeri; Ramaswamy & Razi, 1973 - Bangalore; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere


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