Pithecellobium confertum Benth.
Pithecellobium splendens (Miq.) Corner
Serialbizzia splendens (Miq.) Kosterm
Albizia splendens is a tree usually growing up to 30 metres tall but sometimes to 50 metres. The bole can be up to 100cm in diameter and is occasionally buttressed[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is mainly used locally but is also exported[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
A canopy or emergent tree in primary lowland rain forest, old secondary forest on ridges and steep hillsides; at elevations from sea level to 700 metres[
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The outer bark is used as a tinder for lighting fires in humid conditions[
The heartwood is red-brown, weathering to dark brown; the sapwood is light yellow. The wood is moderately hard and heavy, strong, without silica, more or less durable. It is suitable for furniture[
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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