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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 > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersDeciduousAttracts 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 > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersDeciduousUnknown 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 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsDeciduousThorny 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 foliageDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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. Forms dense clusters, about 24in tall when mature. Warm, humid, shady conditions are required throughout the summer and plants need an abundance of water when growing. When the leaves fade in fall, less water is required, and when they have died, the soil is moistened once in a while. Care should be taken when planting rhizomes, the top of rhizomes should be planted above the soil line or the leaves could decay at the base. Alocasia sanderiana are propagated by the division of rhizomes in spring.

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Alocasia zebrina, Tiger Elephant Ear, Elephant Ear Zebra

Alocasia zebrina

Tiger Elephant Ear, Elephant Ear Zebra
Family: Araceae
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduousSubtropical, 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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