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Chinese Albizia   
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Chinese Albizia
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Photo: Tabish
Common name: Chinese albizia, Silktree • Hindi: Siran, Kanujera, काला सिरिस Kala siris • Manipuri: Jairi • Marathi: laeli, udala, udul • Tamil: pila vagei, nirusil, silai-vagai • Malayalam: pottavaka, ponthanvaka • Telugu: Nalla regi, bandi chinduga, konda-chiragu • Kannada: hotte baage, kallu baage • Mizo: Vang • Oriya: vang, godalanjia • Khasi: Dieng phallut, Dieng phyneat • Sanskrit: bhandi, sairisam
Botanical name: Albizia chinensis    Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)

Chinese albizia is a large deciduous tree with broad flat-topped crown and smooth grey bark. Leaves are double compound, like those of Gulmohar, but the final leaflets are very numerous, 10 mm long. Flowers are yellowish white, in clusters occuring either in the leaf axils or at the end of branches. Long white numerous stamens make it look like a powder-puff flower. Flower look thinner than those of Siris Tree. Important browse tree in hilly areas; also grown for shade on plantations and for the manurial value of the fallen leaves. The branches are used for fodder at the end of the growing season when the leaves are past their succulent stage.
Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.