Albizia tanganyicensis Baker f.

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Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Chikupo Cave, Masembura CL

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Chikupo Cave, Masembura CL

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: David Hartung
Hippo Pools near the hide

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Gwaai Forest, Forest Hills S. Road to Headquarters

Albizia tanganyicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main Zvishavane - Rutenga road

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Synonyms: Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. var. australis Burtt Davy
Albizia rhodesica Burtt Davy
Common names: Paperbark albizia (English)
Status: Native
Deciduous tree 9-20 m. Trunk very distinctive, pale grey to almost white, smooth and bearing peeling patches of pale brown papery bark. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-7 pairs of pinnae; leaflets mostly 7-13 pairs, slightly asymmetric, obovate-elliptic to ovate-oblong, 11-55 mm long, hairless or more or less crisped pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers usually before the new leaves; corolla pale green, 7-11 mm long, more or less brown hairy on the lobes; stamens numerous 1.5-4 cm long, white, greenish near the apex. Pods oblong, 10-35 cm long, hairless, more or less glossy brown, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: tanganyicensis: of Tanganyika (Tanzania)
Habitat: In rocky places
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 116 - 117.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 227. As Albizia tanganyicensis tanganyicensis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Albizia tanganyicensis adamsoniorum

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 262 - 263. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 269 - 271. as Albizia rhodesica (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 63.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 55.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 94.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 510 - 511. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 608 - 609. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Albizia tanganyicensis
Flora of Mozambique: Albizia tanganyicensis
Flora of Zambia: Albizia tanganyicensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Albizia tanganyicensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Albizia tanganyicensis
African Plant Database: Albizia tanganyicensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Albizia tanganyicensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Albizia tanganyicensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Albizia tanganyicensis
Tropicos: Albizia tanganyicensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Albizia tanganyicensis., retrieved 22 April 2019

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