Albizia pedicellata Baker ex Benth., Trans. Linn. Soc. 30 (1875)
Latin for 'stalked'.
Albizia magellanensis Elmer
Albizia myriantha Merr.
Straight-boled, monopodial tree, up to 42 m high; bole to c. 20 m, 150 cm in diameter. Bole sometimes
with buttresses to 1 m high, rounded. Bark pale brown to fawn with redbrown lenticels arranged roughly
horizontally. Thin, hard outer bark, oriuige inner bark, exudate scanty; sapwood medium hard, white to
cream, heartwood chocolate-brown. Branchlets
ridged, with reddish brown lenticels and very prominent leaf-scars, sparsely rusty puberulous.
Stipules to c. 2.5 mm, erect when young, soon recurved and thorn-like, often caducous. Leaves:
rachis 9-38 cm, sulcate, tomentose or glabrous, with gland(s) c. 1-1.5 cm above the base and below
the junctions of the distal pairs of pinnae, circular to elliptic, usually raised, cushion- shaped or
flat, 1-4 mm long, distal glands smaller; pinnae 5-13 pairs, 5-12 cm, tomentose, with gland(s)
just below the junctions of the 1-4 distal pairs of leaflets; circular with slightly raised margins, c. 0.3
mm in diameter; leaflets 9-18 pairs per pinna, opposite, sessile, subcoriaceous, elliptic-oblong,
unequal-sided, 0.8-2.3 by 0.3-1 cm, base asymmetrically truncate to half truncate/half cuneate,
apex rounded, mucronate; both surfaces glabrous; main vein distant by c. 3/8 of the width of the
leaflet from the front margin. Inflorescences composed of pedunculate corymbs aggregated into terminal
or axillary panicles, puberulous or sometimes glabrescent; peduncles in umbels of 4 or 5, 2-3.5
cm, bearing corymbs consisting of 20-25 pedicellate flowers. Flowers dimorphic, pentamerous, bisexual.
Calyx green, funnel-shaped to narrowly campanulate, sericeous, (3-)4(-5) mm; teeth triangular,
acute, c. 0.3 mm. Corolla whitish, funnelshaped, sericeous, 6-8 mm; lobes elliptic-ovate
to triangular-ovate, acute, 2-3 mm. Stamens greenish, especially towards the top, c. 20-25
mm, tube to c. 3.5 mm, shorter than the corollatube. Ovary sessile, glabrous, 3.5-4 mm. Pod
golden yellow, oblong-linear, straight, strongly flattened, c. 6-30 by 4-5 cm, indehiscent, but
valves breaking up irregularly; valves thinly chartaceous-membranous, glabrous, veins inconspicuous,
reticulation visible over the seeds only. Seeds yellow, ovate, strongly flattened, c. 1 1 by 7.5 by
1 mm, narrowed at the hilum; areole elliptic(-obovate), pleurogram not parallel to the margin of the
seed, open towards the hilum. [from Flora Malesiana]
Primary and secondary lowland rain forest, common in alluvial forest (but
rarely collected), often on podsolized sands; altitude 10-240(-500) m.
The broad and papery pods are probably well adapted for wind dispersal.
Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines.
The dark brown heartwood perhaps makes this an excellent timber tree, but the wood may be too
soft to be useful.
Borneo: Berangan, Sansan lang.