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16. Albizia chinensis (Osbeck) Merrill, Amer. J. Bot. 3: 575. 1916.

楹树 ying shu

Mimosa chinensis Osbeck, Dagb. Ostind. Resa, 233. 1757; Acacia stipulata Candolle; Albizia stipulata (Candolle) Boivin.

Trees, deciduous, to 30 m tall. Branchlets yellow pubes­cent. Stipules deciduous, cordate, large, membranous, apex api­culate; glands just below junctions of pinnae; pinnae 6-12 pairs; leaflets 20-35(-40) pairs, sessile, oblong-linear, falcate, 6-10 × 2-3 mm, abaxially villous, main vein close to upper margin, base subtruncate, margin ciliate, apex acuminate. Heads 10-20-flowered, arranged in a terminal panicle; peduncles long or short, densely villous. Flowers dimorphic, green-white or yellowish, densely yellow-brown tomentose. Calyx funnel-shaped, ca. 3 mm, shortly 5-toothed. Corolla ca. 2 × as long as calyx; lobes ovate-deltoid. Stamens ca. 2.5 cm, tube ca. as long as or slightly longer than corolla tube. Ovary yellow-brown villous, sessile. Legume indehiscent, or irregularly breaking up, plano-compressed, 10-15 × ca. 2 cm, slightly pubescent when young, glabrous when mature. Seeds elliptic, flat, ca. 7 × 4-5 mm; pleurogram minute, ca. 1 mm in diam., near micropyle. Fl. Mar-May, fr. Jun-Dec.

Forests and open fields; sea level to 1000 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang [most areas with a seasonal climate in S and SE Asia].

This tree is used for its timber.


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