Strange Mimosaceae

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Strange Mimosaceae

Post by MWP admin » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:25 pm

I found a small pop of trees in the wild, so I deal with this in the ID of WildPlants section, though it is evident to be an alien / possibly a garden escape or introduced

Well from the leaves it is easy to put this species in the Mimosacea. Have you ever seen something like it.
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Post by RB » Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:05 pm

Very invasive feker, common unfortunately and intentionally planted whence the seeds spread and germinate... kill any on sight, where found in the wild!!

I think the name has been dealt with before on this forum.

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Post by MWP admin » Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:30 pm

I searched for mimosa on the forum and this plant did not crop up. It is neither Albizia nor Leucana nor Jacaranda for a start. I am researching and I came to some strange alternatives which are new names for me.


What you had in mind RB - seems you know the plant since you gave some info...
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Post by RB » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:52 am

Albizia lophantha

But re the invasiveness, I was confusing with the far commoner Leucaena.

Yet, still can be problematic.

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:17 pm

So it was an ALBIZIA :banghead: I searched for long on this one but I got nothing close from the ALbizia department with white, brush-like flowers :oops:

I thought that A. lophantha had pinkish flowers but that was clearly A. julibrissin. from the post you mentioned (link below) The closest was a certain Pentaclethra which is also not bad as a similarity (give it a look RB, just to be sure). Does the bark of this pic corresponds with A. lophantha ? The decorated bark had put me off-track to some strange Mimosaceae species

I conclude to agree about the invasiveness of this species, perhaps not as much as Leucana, but not very far.


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