Albizia julibrissin


Common Names: Mimosa tree, Persian silk tree, pink silk tree, Lenkoran acacia, bastard tamarind
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Fabaceae


It is a species of tree in the Fabaceae (bean) family, native to southwestern and eastern Asia. It has been introduced to the United States as a decorative tree, however it has become an invasive species. A small deciduous tree growing to 5 to 12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20 to 45 cm long and 12 to 25 cm broad, divided into 6 to 12 pairs of pinnae, each with 20 to 30 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets are oblong, 1 to 1.5 cm long and 2 to 4 mm broad. The flowers are produced throughout the summer in dense inflorescences, the individual flowers with no petals but a tight cluster of stamens 2 to 3 cm long, white or pink with a white base, looking like silky threads. The fruit is a flat brown pod 10 to 20 cm long and 2 to 2.5 cm broad, containing several seeds inside.

Commonly found in or near parks and gardens and residential areas.

Edible Notes: There is a lot of mixed reports on edibility, so I wouldn't recommend trying this species until more information is available. There are some reports that the young leaves are edible when cooked, or can be used to make tea. The flowers can reportedly be cooked and eaten as well. There are some questionable reports of the seeds being roasted and eaten, but they are not reliable, and most information suggests that the seeds are actually not edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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