Abarema nediana Kosterm.
Albizia salajeriana Miq.
Mimosa saponaria Lour.
Albizia saponaria is a small to medium sized tree, reaching a maximum height of 20 metres[
The bark is rich in saponins and it is widely utilized as a soap in the Philippines[
]. The plant is cultivated as a source of soap[
The bark and wood are a rich source of saponins. They have been used as a fish poison[
Southeast Asia - Indonesia, Philippines.
Secondary forest, open forest, open terrain, roadsides, sea-shore; recorded from both moist and dry soils, and limestone; at elevations from sea-level up to 1,050 metres, but mainly from low elevations[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The bark is rich in saponins[
]. It lathers freely in water and is used as a soap[
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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