Albizia corniculata

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Albizia corniculata


Straggling shrub to 6 m, or climber to 45 m, stem to 10 cm in diameter. Branchlets terete, glabrous, armed by a recurved prickle, to 8 mm, developing in young branches from the outer and lower part of the leaf-scar; Leaves: Inflorescences consisting of pedunculate glomerules aggregated into terminal or axillary, glabrous to sparsely puberulous panicles; Flowers sessile, dimorphic, pentamerous, bisexual, white or greenish white. Stamens probably to 10 mm long, the tube equal to slightly shorter than the corolla-tube. Ovary glabrous, 2-3 mm; Seeds narrowly elliptic, flat, 10 by 4 by 1 mm;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo (Brunei present, Sabah present, Sarawak present); Philippines (Philippines present); Thailand (Thailand present), N part of Borneo present, Palawan present, S China present
S China, Indo-China, Thailand; in Malesia: N part of Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak), Philippines (Palawan).


Pods used as a substitute for soap (Palawan).


The leaflets of the specimens from continental Asia are larger, ovate to subrhomboid (Nielsen 1985: 46).


Druce 1985: p. 45. – In: Opera Bot.: f. 26
Cockb. 1976 – In: Trees Sabah: 185
Merr. 1923 – In: Enum. Philipp.: 248
Druce 1981: p. 98. – In: Fl. Camb. Laos Vietnam: pl. 18
Nielsen 1979 – In: Adansonia: 226
Merr. 1916 – In: Philipp. J. Sc., Bot.: 87
Ho 1970 – In: Illus. Fl. S. Vietnam, ed. 2: 804
Merr. 1918 – In: Philipp. J. Sc., Bot.: 140
Ho 1970 – In: Illus. Fl. S. Vietnam, ed. 2: 806
Lour. 1793: Fl. Cochinch., ed. Willd: 800
Merr. 1910 – In: Philipp. J. Sc., Bot.: 21