Chinese Albizia
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Chinese Albizia
D Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Chinese Albizia, silk tree • Assamese: ছ কৰৈ sau koroi • Garo: bolphi • Hindi: काला सिरिस kala siris, ओही ohi • Kannada: ಬೆಟ್ಟ ಬಾಗೆ betta baage • Khasi: dieng phallut • Konkani: उडुल udul • Malayalam: പൊന്തല്‍വാക peantal-vaka, പൊട്ടവാക peattavaka • Manipuri: ꯂꯨꯑꯥꯡꯈꯣꯢ Luang khoi, Luwang khoi, ꯈꯣꯛ Khok, jairi • Marathi: उडळ udal • Mizo: vang • Nepali: कालो शिरिश kalo shirish • Oriya: ଘୋଡ଼ାଲାଞ୍ଜି ghoralanji • Punjabi: ਦੁਰਗਾਰੀ durgari, ਓਹੀ ohi, ਕਾਲੀ ਸੀਰੀ kali siri, ਸਿਰੀਂਹ sirinh, ਸਿਰਿਸ siris • Tamil: சிலைவாகை cilai-vakai, பீலிவாகை pili-vakai • Telugu: చిందుగ cinduga, కొండచిందుగ kondacinduga Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Albizia chinensis    Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Synonyms: Acacia stipulacea, Mimosa chinensis, Albizia stipulata

Chinese albizia is a large deciduous tree with broad flat-topped crown and smooth grey bark. Leaves are double compound, like those of Gulmohar, but the final leaflets are very numerous, 10 mm long. Flowers are yellowish white, in clusters occuring either in the leaf axils or at the end of branches. Long white numerous stamens make it look like a powder-puff flower. Flower look thinner than those of Siris Tree. Important browse tree in hilly areas; also grown for shade on plantations and for the manurial value of the fallen leaves. The branches are used for fodder at the end of the growing season when the leaves are past their succulent stage.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Churachandpur, Manipur.

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