woman's tongue tree
Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth


Albizia lebbeck is a deciduous, unarmed tree to 98.5 ft (30 m) tall, with a rounded, spreading crown and with grey fissured corky bark. Usually multi-stemmed, it can be grown as a single straight stem. It is probably native to Asia, but has now been introduced to Florida, the Pacific Islands, Australia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Indian Ocean islands.
Alternate, twice compound, with 2–5 pairs of pinnae, each pinna with 3–10 pairs of leaflets; leaflets elliptic-oblong, 1–2 in (2–4 cm) long. Usually asymmetrical at base, dull green above, paler green below.
Flowers are mimosa-like, in showy, rounded clusters near stem tips, 2–2.5 in (5–6 cm) across, cream or yellowish-white; each flower with numerous long stamens.
Flat, linear pod, to 1 ft (30 cm) long, with many seeds; dried pods persistent after leaf-fall, often heard rattling in the wind.
Ecological Threat
A. lebbeck is seen invading agricultural areas, coastland, natural forests, planted forests, ruderal/disturbed, scrub/shrublands, urban areas.

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EDDMapS Distribution

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State Regulated List

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Albizia
Subject: Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
lebbek, raom tree, siris tree, soros-tree, woman's-tongue tree


Plants - Hardwood Trees