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Albizia lebbeck, Mimosa lebbeck, Womans tongue, Siris-tree, Rain tree, East Indian walnut, Kokko, Soros-tree, Raom tree

Albizia lebbeck, Mimosa lebbeck

Womans tongue, Siris-tree, Rain tree, East Indian walnut, Kokko, Soros-tree, Raom tree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: India, Burma and the Andaman Island
Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Albizia lebbeck, Mimosa lebbeck is a fast-growing tree, that is susceptible to wind damage. A moderate to large, deciduous tree can grow up to 100 feet high in rain forests. The tree develops a straight trunk when it is grown in dense forests, but is spreading and low branching in the open. Unless trimmed frequently, the trees will annually produce an abundance of seed from papery pods about 8" long and 1" wide (author). Common names such as "woman's tongue" and "rattle pod" derive from the noise of pods shaking in the wind. The foliage is pale green when young and gray-green at maturity. Flowers are cream colored, hemispheric pom-poms. Seeds germinate well without scarification.

The tree is used as a folk remedy for many ailments. Another common use is as an avenue tree, and sometimes it is used to shade coffee and tea. Saponins and tannins in the bark can be used for making soap and in tanning, respectively. Bee keepers like the species for the light-colored honey its nectar provides, and the tree hosts the lac insect.

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Albizia sp., Albizia

Albizia sp.

Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plantUnknown name

Albizia is a genus of about 150 species of mostly fast-growing subtropical and tropical trees and shrubs. The genus is pantropical, occurring in Asia, Africa, Madagascar, America and Australia, but mostly in the Old World tropics.


Albizia julibrissin

Albizia lebbeck

Albizia saman

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Alluaudia comosa, Hairy Alluaudia

Alluaudia comosa

Hairy Alluaudia
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsDeciduous plantThorny or spiny

Alluaudia is a genus of six species of flowering plants endemic to Madagascar. Several of the species are grown as indoor ornamental plants in specialist succulent collections. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Suitable for growing in containers.

Alluaudia comosa, Hairy Alluaudia

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Alocasia sanderiana, Alocasia amazonica, Kris plant

Alocasia sanderiana, Alocasia amazonica

Kris plant
Family: Araceae
Origin: Phillippines
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeBog or aquaticOrnamental foliageDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Alocasia sanderiana (Kris plant) is low-growing plant, native to the Philippines and will reach a height of about 2ft. A beautiful plant with flat, V-shaped leaves, deeply scalloped along the margins. The color is shiny, jet-black, with bold white veining. An excellent species for interior, landscape or terrarium use. This plant can be grown in either partial or full shade and does best in a bog or aquatic environment. It is also suitable for planting in pots and to be used as an ornamental foliage. The mature plants are cold hardy and can withstand temperatures down to the 30s F; however, only for a short amount of time. This plant should be grown in USDA zone 9-11.

When caring for Alocasia sanderiana, it is important to provide it with warm and humid conditions as well as an abundance of water while it is growing. During the fall months, the water requirements can be reduced and the soil should only be moistened occasionally. Great care should also be taken when planting rhizomes - the top of the rhizome should be planted above the soil line or the leaves may begin to decay. For cold regions, it is best to keep this plant in a pot so that it can be brought inside during cold weather.

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Alocasia zebrina, Tiger Elephant Ear, Elephant Ear Zebra

Alocasia zebrina

Tiger Elephant Ear, Elephant Ear Zebra
Family: Araceae
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It has elongated leaves with a patterned coloration and tiger-colored stems that you won't find in other Alocasias. The foliage is very narrow and sharply arrowhead or hastate shaped.

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