Albizia  lebbeck  (L.) Benth. – Lebbek tree  - Fabaceae

The unflattering common name, ‘woman’s tongue tree’, of Albizia lebbeck refers to the noise made by the ripe pods that remain on the tree and rustle in the wind.  It is a deciduous, tropical Asian tree that has naturalized in the West Indies and Africa.

Thin straw-colored pods, eight to twelve inches long by about one-and-a-half inches wide (20-30 cm x 4 cm) house many flat, brown seeds the size of a fingernail.  The faces of these seeds bear an indented circular line. 

In Asia all parts of the tree are used to treat venomous bites.  The Hindus value the sweet-smelling flowers for religious ceremonies.8

        
 
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