Several mails on Albizia appeared in the last few days. It is the
flowering season of the Albizias, I would have liked to see some
photographs, particularly to distinguish one from the other. Some of
the species can be distiguished by the stem colour, but not always.
The common species which are found in India,
1. A. amara- have yellow fragrant flowers, a common avenue tree in S.
2. A. labbek- the desi siris, with spreading crown, beautiful pinkish
flowers, the colour is due to the coloured stamens. in most of the
Albizia sp. the petals are either absent or inconspicuous. Women folk
often use the flowers (cluster of flowers on a head, again each flower
has a cluster of coloured and long stamens, giving a silky appearnce-
often also known as silk plant.) to adore hair style and as ear
3. A. stipulata- a common shade tree in Tea and Coffee plantation
4. A. procera- almost like labbek, known as safed siris- for whitish
5. A. odoratissima- the black siris, often known as Fragrant Albizia,
a common host of lac insects.
6. A. julibrissia- has two vars. A. julibrissis var. julibrissia- the
persian silk tree and A. julibrissia var. mollis or A. mollis- the red
or pink Albizia, the young stem is densely hairy , flowers light pink,
not so attractive as A. labbek.
7. A. saman or Samanea saman or Pithocelbium saman - the rain tree,
mostly with golden brown flowers, sometime pinkish. An Avenue tree and
shade tree, perhaps the most common of the species. All Albiziz
flowers attract a number of birds with pointed beaks, as flower
peckers, humming birds.
About two centuries back Alexander von Humboldt in his famous S.
America Expedition found a rain tree in Venezuela in which he took
much fascination, It had a crown with circumference slightly less than
two hundred meters, and he was told that the plant was 500 years old.
In Bengal village old labbek trees were once common, but they are
becoming rare now.
On Apr 1, 11:19 am, Swagat <swagat1...@gmail.com
> Thanks a lot Garg ji, Bhatt ji,
> 2009/3/29 Anand Kumar Bhatt <anandkbh...@gmail.com
> > 2009/3/29 J.M. Garg <jmga...@gmail.com
> >> Below given is a request from Swagat ji in a different thread. May I
> >> request members to post pictures, details etc. for discussion.
> >> "Hi all,
> >> I have heard about some other species also....
> >> ...........
> >> 2) Albizia mollis - लाल शिरीष
> >> ...........
> >> Would like to know more about it.
> >> Regards,
> >> ~Swagat
> >> --
> >> With regards,
> >> J.M.Garg
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> >> For learning about our trees & plants, please visit/ join Google e-group
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