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Useful Tropical Plants

Albizia polyphylla

E.Fourn.

+ Synonyms

Acacia suaresensis Baill.

Common Name:

Albizia polyphylla
Fruiting branch
Photograph by: Peter B. Phillipson
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Albizia polyphylla Albizia polyphylla

General Information

Albizia polyphylla is a deciduous tree with an umbrella-shaped crown; it can grow up to 25 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood and fibre.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Dry and subarid woodlands at elevations below 500 metres.

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The fibrous bark is used to make rope[
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The wood is used for construction and for making dugout canoes[
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The wood is used for fuel[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.

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