Albizia anthelmintica (A. Rich.) Brongn.

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Albizia anthelmintica

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Road to Mahenye Village

Albizia anthelmintica

Photo: Mark Hyde
Road to Mahenye Village

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Synonyms: Albizia ambalusiana Sim
Common names: Worm-cure albizia (English)
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small, multi-stemmed tree. Branchlets often spine-tipped. Leaves with 2-4 pairs of pinnae; rhachis ending in a hook-like extension; leaflets in 2-4 pairs per pinna, obovate to almost circular; petiole with a gland about midway. Flowers in fluffy, semi-spherical heads, creamy-white, appearing before the leaves. Pods flattened, pale brown.
Derivation of specific name: anthelmintica: "worm killer", referring to its use in traditional medicine as a cure against tape-worm.
Habitat: In dry open woodland
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa to Namibia and Swaziland
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 120 - 122. (Includes a picture).

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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 63.

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Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 80 - 81. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 45.

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Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).

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Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 66.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 506 - 507. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Albizia anthelmintica
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Albizia anthelmintica

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Albizia anthelmintica., retrieved 20 February 2020

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