Albizia chinensis (Osbeck) Merr.

 
  • Family : MIMOSACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Mimosoideae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Albizia chinensis (Osbeck) Merr.
  • Common name : Sau tree
  • Vernacular name : Mottavaka, Ponthamvaka, Pottavaka, Vaaka (Malayalam); Pila vagei (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen and deciduous forests, also in the plains
  • Comments / notes : In damper forests, usually near streams
  • Key identification features : Large deiciduous tree
  • Flower, Fruit : March-December
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Vishakapatnam district, East Godavari district, West Godavari district
    • Karnataka : Davanagare district, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) district, Hassan district, Tumakuru district, Dakshina Kannada district
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Odisha : Rayagada district, Ganjam district, Mayurbhanj district, Angul district, Kalhandi district
    • Tamil Nadu : Dindigul district, Salem district, Kanchipuram (Changalpattu-CGP) district, The Nilgiri district, Tirunelveli district
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Indo-China, S. China, Malesia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; Sudhakar Reddy, C et al., 2009. Tree Wealth of Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, India; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1; Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Hassan; Saldanha, 1984; Gowda, 2004 - Sringeri; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Bhaskar & Kushalappa, 2013- Flora of Tumkur District; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Albizia chinensis. Downloaded on 24 August 2019.

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