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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth.


Vaagai Maram

   Botanical NameAlbizia lebbeck (L.) Benth.
   SynonymsAcacia macrophylla Bunge; Acaciac speciosa (Jacq.) Willd.
   Common NameEnglish : Black Siris / Tamil : Vaagai
   DistributionGlobal : Andaman Island, Myanmar, Africa, Asia and Australia
Indian : Throughout India
   DescriptionDeciduous tree up to 25 m tall. Leaves pinnately compound, look fresh in the morning and wilting in the evening hence so called as sleeping tree. Prominent fissures in the bark. Flowers greenish white Corymbose raceme inflorescence, bisexual, stamens many, filaments long in green. Ovary subsessile. Fruit a compressed pod, light yellowish Straw coloured. Seeds ovate, dull dark brown and flattened
   Flowering Fruiting periodApril - May / December - January
   UsesPlanted as Ornamental, Timber, forage and Nitrogen fixing
   Medicinal UsesLeaves used for Diarrhoea, jaundice, skin problems, asthma, migraine
   Tamil NameVaagai Maram