Taxon: Albizia julibrissin Durazz.

Genus: Albizia
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Mimosoideae
      Tribe: Ingeae
Nomen number: 2136
Place of publication: Mag. Tosc. 3(4):11. 1772
Name Verified on: 23-Dec-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Aug-1994
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 18 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Fuels: potential as fuelwood (fide Phytologia 85:106.)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Azerbaijan
    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Iran; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Nepal; Pakistan
    • Indo-China: Myanmar

  • Naturalized:

    . widely natzd.


    . widely cult.


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Check other web resources for Albizia julibrissin Durazz. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image