Albizia saman

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Albizia saman (Jacq.) Merr.
  • Synonyms : Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr., Mimosa saman Jacq.
  • Common Name : Rato Shirish, Rato Sarasdo, Rain Tree
  • Plant Family : Mimosaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree

About Albizia saman Plant :

  • Habit : A big, flat - topped tree, unarmed.
  • Stem : Erect, cylindrical, branched, solid and green.
  • Leaves : Bipinnate, leaflets oval obtuse, oblique.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary globose heads.
  • Flowers : Rose - pink in colour, Calyx funnel - shaped, corolla tubular, Stamens 20, rosecoloured, much exserted.
  • Fruits : Pods large, black thick.
  • Seeds : Oval embedded in pulp.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : March - Oct
  • Significance :
    • Planted on roads as a very rapid growing shade tree and for its attractive pink flowers.
    • Leaves and pods are used as fodder for cattle.