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  Albizia chinensis
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Mimosoideae)
  Citation:  Albizia chinensis (Osbeck) Merr., Amer. J. Bot. 3: 575. 1916; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 100. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 167. 1984; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 228. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 187. 1990; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 54. 1992; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 173. 1994; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 124. 1995; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 168. 1996; Chakrab. & Gangop., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 20: 584. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 111. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 126. 1998; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 236. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 203. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 265. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 336. 2009. Mimosa chinensis Osbeck, Dagbok. Ostind. Resa 233. 1757. Acacia stipulata DC., Prodr. 2: 469. 1825. Albizia stipulata (Roxb.) Boivin, Encycl. 19:33. 1838; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 300. 1878. Mimosa stipulata Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 549. 1832. Albizia marginata (Lam.) Merr., Philipp. J. Sci. 5: 23. 1910; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 433(307). 1919. Mimosa marginata Lam., Encycl. 1:12.1783.
  Malayalam Name(s): Mottavaka, Ponthamvaka, Pottavaka, Vaaka
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Sau tree
  Description: Deciduous trees; to 25 m high; bark 5-6 mm thick, surface brownish-grey, smooth, horizontally furrowed; branchlets minutely golden tomentellous. Leaves bipinnate, alternate, pinnae 4-20 pairs, opposite, even pinnate, 8-12.5 cm long, slender, sparsely tomentellous; with a gland in between each pairs or on distal 2-3 pairs; leaflets 50-90, opposite, even pinnate, sessile, 3-6 x 15-18 mm, falcate-lanceolate or falcate, apex acute, base oblique, subtruncate or obtuse, margin entire, ciliate, glabrous above, sparsely tomentellous and glaucous beneath, chartaceous; stipules 2.5-4 x 1 cm, free, lateral, obliquely cordate, crisped, orange-pink, pubescent, with filiform tail, base much dilated at one side, caducous; rachis 18-35 cm, slender, grooved above, pulvinate, sparsely minutely tomentellous, with a gland near its base on upper side; midrib starting and ascending along the distal margin, lateral nerves obscure. Flowers bisexual, white, in globose heads, 2-6 in axillary fascicles or arranged in terminal and axillary panicles; peduncle slender, pubescent; pedicel 0.5-1 mm, pubescent; bracts stipular, persistent. Calyx 2.5-5 × 1-2 mm, funnel shaped, pubescent, teeth short. Petals connate, 6-10 mm long, funnel shaped, pubescent, lobes 5, ovate-lanceolate. Stamens many, yellowish, monadelphous at the base, tube slightly shorter to or longer than the corolla tube. Ovary ca. 1.5 mm long, sessile, glabrous; style upto 3 cm long. Fruit a pod, 15-20 x 2.5 cm, strap shaped, flat, reddish-brown, glossy, straight or wavy along the margin, very shortly stalked, apices round or tapering, slightly bullate over the seeds; seeds 8-20, 6-10 x 5-8 mm, ovate, flat, dull brown.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-July
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Evergreen and deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia and South China
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: -700
  Localities: Vazhachal, Kallar, Koruthode, Thannithode, Pampa valley, Bhavani river bank, Nangiarkulangara, Thenmalai, Ariankavu, Kulathupuzha, Karamanayar region
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