Affonsea vaillantii (F.Muell.) Kuntze
Albizia vaillantii (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Pithecellobium vaillantii F.Muell.
Common Name: Salmon Bean
Salmon bean is a briefly deciduous tree usually growing up to 15 metres tall, exceptionally to 30 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber.
The bark, seeds and leaves, possible the whole plant, is poisonous[
The pods and bark have a hot, nauseous, acrid taste and are more toxic than the seeds and leaves - some form of saponin-type compound is suspected to be the active principle[
Australia - northeastern Queensland.
Rainforest and monsoon forest[
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Requires a position sheltered from full sun[
The sap has a distinctive odour, rather like the urine of a cat[
This species is very similar to Archidendron lucyi , with which it is sometimes confused[
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 red wood is close-grained, strong and durable[
Seed - sown fresh, it germinates in a few days[
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