woman's tongue tree USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: ALLE
Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth
Synonym(s): lebbek, raom tree, siris tree, soros-tree, woman's-tongue tree

Appearance
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.
Foliage
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
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.
Fruit
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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