Siris Tree
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Siris Tree
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Siris tree, Woman's tongue • Hindi: Saras सरस • Kannada: ಬಾಗೆ Baage, ಸಿರಿಸ, ಸಿರೀಸ Sirisa, ಸಿರಿಸಲ Sirisala • Manipuri: Khok • Tamil: வாகை Vagai, சிரிடம் Siridam • Malayalam: Vaga • Urdu: Tinia • Nepali: कालो शिरीष Kaalo Siris • Mizo: Thingchawk-e
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 across, cream or yellowish-white, each flower with numerous long stamens. Fruit a flat, linear pod, to 30 cm long, with many seeds; dried pods persistent after leaf-fall, often heard rattling in the wind.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi.

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