PNGTreesKey – Albizia procera (Roxb.) Benth.


Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Guide to trees of Papua New Guinea
Copyright held by the authors, National Herbarium of New South Wales, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium

Albizia procera (Roxb.) Benth.

London Journal Botany Vol. 3: 89 (1844)

Other Literature: B. Verdcourt, A Manual of New Guinea Legumes 187-188 (1979) Fig. 50.

Family: Fabaceae

Timber Group: Minor hardwood Tradename: Brown Albizia

Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 30 m high) or Small sub-canopy tree (7-20 m high); Bole cylindrical (20-60 cm diam.); crooked (bole up to 9 m long) or straight; buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark rarely white, yellowish green, rarely red, or greenish grey, slightly rough or smooth, sometimes scaly or flaky, slightly fissured, or pustular, lenticels elongated laterally; Subrhytidome (under-bark) green; less than 25 mm thick, 10.0-12.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; strongly aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze pale red, with stripes, fibrous; inner blaze pale red, with stripes, fibrous; bark exudate (sap) present, colourless, not readily flowing (spotty), colour not changing on exposure to air, not sticky or rarely sticky; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.

Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) absent.

Leaves: Leaves spaced along branches, spiral (leaves occurring singly at a node and arranged spirally up the branchlet), compound (a leaf made up from two or more leaflets); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves bipinnate (with the rachis branched once); petiolule swollen; rachis present, absent, absent; leaves without a terminal leaflet (the number of leaflets even - paripinnate), broadest at or near middle, 2.0-6.0 cm, 0.7-3.3 cm, leaflets opposite, symmetric; venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green, upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) absent or present, indumentum (hairs) dense to sparse; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 3.5-7.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth white (often greenish white); 4-5 (-6), some or partly joined; stamens 19-50, present, joined, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 1; styles solitary, 1.

Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 100.0-250.0 mm long, brown, not spiny, non-fleshy, simple, dehiscent, legume; seeds 8-12, about 10 mm long (7-9 mm long), not winged, narrow (longer than wide), seed 1-10 mm diam. (5-7 mm wide).

Distribution: Morobe, Western Highlands, Central, Northern, Milne Bay, New Britain.

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Notes: Notes This species is classified in Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae.