False lebbeck

False lebbeck

Albizia procera (Fabaceae)

Common Name:

False lebbeck

Scientific Name:

Albizia procera (Fabaceae)


Alternative common names:

Basterlebbeck (Afrikaans)

Description:

 
Spreading tree to 15m high with smooth bark that doesn't have a peeling appearance with bipinnate green leaves. Whitish or yellow flowers in terminal panicles appear from November to March. Light to dark brown, shiny, rattling pods with raised bumps. Poisonous and invades river banks and subtropical coastal bush.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

Tropical Asia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

KwaZulu-Natal

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and replaces indigenous species.

What does it look like?

General description: Spreading tree to 15m high with smooth bark that doesn't have a peeling appearance.
Bark: Smooth
Leaves: Light green leaves with two basal veins.
Flowers: Whitish or yellow flowers in terminal panicles from November to March.
Fruit/seeds: Straw-coloured, shiny pods.

Does the plant have any uses?

Cultivated as an ornamental and shade tree.

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