Common name: Siris tree, Woman's tongue, Saras सरस (Hindi), Khok (Manipuri), சிரிடம் Siridam (Tamil), Vaga (Malayalam), Tinia (Urdu)
Botanical name: Albizia lebbeck Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Medium to large tree with gray-brown bark; leaves bipinnate, the primary
leaflets subopposite, 2-4 pairs; ultimate leaflets opposite, 6-8 pairs,
oblong, slightly asymmetric, blunt, 2.5-4.5 cm long.
Flowers mimosa-like, in showy, rounded clusters near stem tips, 5-6 cm (2-2.5
in) across, cream or yellowish-white, each flower with numerous long stamens.
Fruit a flat, linear pod, to 30 cm (1 ft) long, with many seeds; dried pods
persistent after leaf-fall, often heard rattling in the wind.