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Albizia lebbeck (raom tree; lebbek; siris tree; soros-tree; woman's-tongue tree; woman's tongue; Mara; Acacia; Vakai; Shack-shack; Vaivai Ni Vavalagi; Kona; Rain Tree; Woman's Tongue Tree; Vieille Fille; Vageri; Suriya Mara; Siris-tree; Lebbeck; Ebano-oriental; Bwar Nwar; Bois Noir; Boir Noir)

Language: Hindi

Wikipedia Abstract

Albizia lebbeck is a species of Albizia, native to Indomalaya, New Guinea and Northern Australia and widely cultivated and naturalised in other tropical and subtropical regions. English names for it include lebbeck, lebbek tree, flea tree, frywood, koko and woman's tongues tree. The latter name is a play on the sound the seeds make as they rattle inside the pods. Being one of the most widespread and common species of Albizia worldwide, it is often simply called "siris" though this name may refer to any locally common member of the genus.
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Invasive Species

Albizia lebbeck probably originated in tropical Asia and was introduced for forestry or erosion control in many countries. Fast-growing and reaching 18 to 30m in height, it is now naturalised mainly in dry tropical regions and can invade natural and semi-natural environments, as is the case in Mayotte and La R
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Air Quality Improvement [1]  None
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-High
Carbon Capture [1]  Low
Shade Percentage [1]  83 %
Temperature Reduction [1]  Medium-Low
Wind Reduction [1]  Medium-Low
Janka Hardness [3]  1340 lbf (608 kgf) Medium
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [4]  Perennial
Specific Gravity [5]  0.55
Structure [2]  Tree
Height [1]  37 feet (11.4 m)
Width [1]  43 feet (13 m)
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 10 Low Temperature: 30 F° (-1.1 C°) → 40 F° (4.4 C°)
Hardiness Zone Maximum [1]  USDA Zone: 11 Low Temperature: 40 F° (4.4 C°) → 50 F° (10 C°)
Water Use [1]  Moderate

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Big Cypress National Preserve V 732120 Florida, United States
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Kew Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


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External References

USDA Plant Profile



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