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Albizia adianthifolia (flat-crown albizia)

Flat-crown albizia is an African tree with a wealth of uses, from the simple provision of shade to the preparation of a love charm.
Albizia adianthifolia (flat-crown albizia) flower

Albizia adianthifolia (flat-crown albizia) (Photo: Mark Hyde)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Albizia adianthifolia (Schumach.) W.Wight

Common name: 

flat-crown albizia, West African albizia (English); mchani-mabo, mchani-mbawe (Swahili); gowane (Zulu)

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Evergreen forest, deciduous woodland, wooded grassland or in secondary vegetation.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, shade tree, medicine, resin, timber, cosmetics, erosion control and soil improvement.

Known hazards: 

The bark is reported to be poisonous.


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Mimosoideae
Genus: Albizia

About this species

Albizia adianthifolia is an African and Madagascan member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae/Fabaceae). Like other Albizia species, it readily colonises any clearing and grows rapidly in its early years (about 2 m per year). Flat-crown albizia lives in association with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which penetrate its root cells in a mutually beneficial relationship that contributes to the rapid growth of the tree. The roots also have nitrogen-fixing nodules containing Bradyrhizobium bacteria.


Albizia fastigiata (E.Mey.) Oliv., Albizia intermedia De Wild. & T. Durand, Mimosa adianthifolia Schumach.


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