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Albizia julibrissin

Albizia julibrissin Durazz.

 

Silktree, Persian Silktree, Pink Silktree, Mimosa Tree

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusAlbiziaNamed for Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi
SpeciesjulibrissinA corruption of the Persian word gul-i abrisham (گل ابریشم), “silk flower.” It derives from gul (گل), “flower,” and abrisham ( ابریشم), “silk”

About plant names...

Silktree is native to southwestern and eastern Asia. This species is sometimes called mimosa, but that name also applies to several unrelated species of acacias. Introduced to North America as ornamental trees in the mid-1700s, they have escaped and are now considered weeds or even invasives in some areas.

Identification: Trees are 16-39' (5-12 m) high, with dark greenish-gray bark that develops vertical stripes as it ages. Leaves are bipinnate, 8-18" (20-45 cm) × 4½-10" (12-25 cm). Each leaf contains 6-12 pairs of pinnae; each of these in turn have 20-30 pairs of leaflets. Flowers appear in attractive dense hemispherical clusters like soft brushes or pom-poms, pink with white centers. The flowers are small but the stamens are pink, silky, and ¾-1" (2-3 cm) in length. The clusters are about 3" (8 cm) in diameter, and appear from July to August. Fruits are flat brown pods 4-8" (10-20 cm) × ¾-⅞" (2-2.5 cm).

Edibility: Young leaves and flowers are edible when cooked.

Medical: Many medicinal properties, including a few contradictory ones, are ascribed to this species.

Online References:

Albizia julibrissin on Wikipedia

Albizia julibrissin on www.carolinanature.com

Albizia julibrissin on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Albizia julibrissin on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Albizia julibrissin on the Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group Least Wanted List

Albizia julibrissin on Discover Life

Albizia julibrissin at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Albizia julibrissin description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 8 Nov 2013.

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Albizia julibrissin (Silktree, Persian Silktree, Pink Silktree, Mimosa Tree)

7/2/2010 · VA ID is uncertain

Albizia julibrissin (Silktree, Persian Silktree, Pink Silktree, Mimosa Tree)

7/2/2010 · Alexandria, VA ID is uncertain

Albizia julibrissin (Silktree, Persian Silktree, Pink Silktree, Mimosa Tree)

8/10/2008 · By Jacquelyn Boyt

Albizia julibrissin (Silktree, Persian Silktree, Pink Silktree, Mimosa Tree)

7/2/2010 · Alexandria, VA ID is uncertain

Albizia julibrissin (Silktree, Persian Silktree, Pink Silktree, Mimosa Tree)

7/2/2010 · Alexandria, VA ID is uncertain

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