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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/15/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/15/2012)
Species ALBIZZIA LEBBECK (L.) Benth.
PlaceOfPublication Hook. Lond. Jour. Bot. 3:87. 1844.
Synonym Mimosa Lebbeck L. Sp. P1. 516. 1753. Mimosa speciosa Jacq. Ic. PI. Rar. 1:19, pl. I98. 1786. Acacia Lebbeck Willd. Sp. P1. 4:1066. 1806. Feuilelea Lebbeck Ktze. Rev. Gen. PI. 1:184. 1891.
Note Many additional synonyms are given by Bentham (Trans. Linn. Soc. 30:562. 1875) for this Old World species.
Description Small or moderate, spreading tree, the branchlets puberulent when young soon becoming glabrous, conspicuously white-lenticellate. Leaves moderately large, mostly bipinnate, the pinnae 2-4 pairs opposite on the rachis, the leaflets 4-9 pairs; petiole 2-10 cm. long, glabrous, bearing on the upper side below the middle a sessile, oblong, concave gland; primary rachis similar, to the petiole, sulcate above, often bearing a sessile, scutelliform gland at insertion of the upper pair of pinnae; pinnular rachis similar, bearing at or just below the upper 2-3 rachial nodes glands like the gland of the petiole; leaflets opposite, asymmetrically oblong, 2-4 cm. long and mostly 1-2 cm. wide, rounded-subtruncate to obtuse apically, obtuse and very inequilateral basally, essentially glabrous above and below. Inflorescence of many long-pedunculate umbels axillary from the subterminal nodes (2-3 per node); peduncles 3-10 cm. long, sparingly puberulent; umbels dense, globose, the pedicels mostly about 2 mm. long, the bractlets minute. Flowers cream-colored, fragrant; calyx funnelform, about 4 mm. long, unequally toothed or cleft, golden- tomentulose apically; corolla funnelform, 6-7 mm. long, puberulent, the teeth prominent; stamens many, as much as 3 cm. long, glabrous, the staminal tube well included; ovary glabrous. Legume broadly linear or narrowly oblong, usually 15 or more cm. long and 3-5 cm. wide, very thin and dry, glabrous, thinly mar- gined, transversely striate; seeds few, transverse.
Habit tree
Distribution Native to Africa and Asia, introduced into various parts of the New World tropics.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Col6n, Pittier 6672.
Note The popular name "woman's tongue" is given this species. It is quite common in the West Indies, more so than on the Central American mainland. In fruit it may be confused with species of Leucaena.
Common woman's tongue
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