Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth.

  • Family : FABACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
  • Subfamily : Mimosoideae
  • Species : Albizia lebbeck
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Albizia kalkora (Roxb.)Prain
  • Common name : East Indian Walnut, Siris Tree, Mother in-law's Tongue Pod
  • Vernacular name : Sirisha (San.); Siris (Hin.); Baage mara, Shirasi mara (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : CJS 14621, KFP 11039, CJS 18295
  • Collector(s) Name : C.J.Saldanha; C.J.Saldanha
  • Key identification features : A large deciduous tree with compound leaves. Branchlets puberulous or glabrous. Rachis about 10 cm long with gland near base of petiole. Pinnae usually in two pairs, with leaflets about 3-4 pairs. Flowers are greenish-white in head inflorescence, mildly fragrant. Fruit is a pod upto 35 cm, which is greenish when young, turning yellowish-brown upon maturity, flat and carries upto 6-10 seeds. Bark is brownish-grey, rough, with numerous sharp irregular cracks.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : Asia
  • Comments : Often planted in avenues and along roadsides as a shade tree. Wood is quite durable, used for building, furniture and interior decoration.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Shiradi, before Kempuhole (Hassan); Bangalore
  • 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; Seetharam et al., 2000 - Gulbarga; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere


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