Albizia suluensis is a tree with a rounded or spreading crown; it can grow up to 15 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and a fuel.
The total population of Albizia suluensis is estimated to be 1,000 - 2,500 mature individuals and is declining due at least in part to harvesting for firewood, building materials and medicine. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southern Africa - South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
Scarp forest, riverine thicket and open woodland, often along streams, usually along the upper altitudinal perimeter and on steep slopes[
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Zulu’s pound the bark in water, producing a foaming mixture which is used as a powerful enema[
The timber is said to be hard and durable with an attractive grain, suitable for making furniture[
The wood is used for fuel[
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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