Albizia lebbeck

Albizia lebbeck or Woman's Tongue Tree, a medium-sized
Botanical Name
Albizia lebbeck
Common Name
Lebbeck, Lebbek Tree, Flea Tree, Frywood, Koko and Womans tongues Tree
Albizia lebbeck Benth., Acacia lebbeck (L.) Willd. Acacia lebbek (L.) Willd.,Acacia macrophylla Bunge Acacia speciosa (Jacq.) Willd.,Albizia latifolia B. Boivin Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. var. leucoxylon Hassk.,Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. var. pubescens Haines,Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. var. rostrata Haines, Albizia lebbek sensu auct. Feuilleea lebbeck (L.) Kuntze, Inga borbonica Hassk., Ing
Collection Locale
Tropical areas INDIA
1500 to 5500 ft
Seed Collection period
Seed Longevity
1-2 years
Seed Purity
Seed Treatment
Scarification, hot water treatment
Usual Germination
Medicinal, Ornamental, timber
Seed Counts per KG
Plant Average Height
18–30 mt.

General Description

Albizia lebbeck or Woman's Tongue Tree, a medium-sized deciduous tree, grows up to a height of 30 m, with a large and spreading crown, up to 30 m across. The tree is a native to Indo-Malasia and northern Australia, and was later successfully introduced in India. The bark is rough, gray and flaky, and stems are grayish-brown. Albizia lebbeck leaves are bipinnate, with upto 5 pinnae across a 8-9 cm long rachis. The 5-10cm long rachilla bears 3-11 pairs of leaflets, which are oblong or asymmetric. Fragrant flowers are present in terminal or axillary semi-globular clusters of 15-40 flowers. Albizia lebbeck flowers are creamy-white in color, with pale green tip, and turn dark yellow with age. The indehiscent Pods are glabrous and measure 12-35 cm in length, and 3 - 6 cm in width. Pods are yellowish-brown in color and contain 3-12 seeds. Albizia lebbeck seeds are brown-colored, ellipsoidal and flattened, and require less pretreatment for successful germination. Albizia lebbeck is drought tolerant and thrives well in a wide range of soils. The tree is a good soil binder a is frequently used for soil erosion control, along with the other uses a source of hardwood and forage.