Albizia lebbeck (Siris)

Taxonomy

Kingdom:
Plantae
Division:
Angiospermae
Class:
Magnoliopsida
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae
Genus:
Albizia
Species :
A. lebbeck
Height:
60 - 100 Feet
Leaf Size:
7 - 15 cm
Leaf Type:
Bipinnate

Albizia lebbeck is a species of Albizia, native to Indomalaya, New Guinea and Northern Australia and widely cultivated and naturalised in other tropical and subtropical regions. English names for it include Lebbeck, Lebbek Tree, Flea Tree, Frywood, Koko and Woman's tongues Tree. The latter name is a play on the sound the seeds make as they rattle inside the pods. Being one of the most widespread and common species of Albizia worldwide, it is often simply called "siris" though this name may refer to any locally common member of the genus.

Native Area: West and South West India

Requirement

Soil: Well-drained soils of moderate to high fertility

Sunlight: Full sun

Utility

Medicinal: Used in Indian traditional medicine, particularly for the treatment of asthma and allergic disorders. Has its place in ayurveda for the treatment of bronchitis, asthma, leprosy, eczema, pruritus, paralysis, gum inflammation and worm infestation.

Flowers: Flowers are highly palatable and are of high nutritive value for sheep.

Fruit: -

Importance

Religious: -

Cultural: In ancient Tamil culture, the flowers of the lebbeck decorated as a crown were used to welcome victorious soldiers.