The albizia is a widespread African tree and common timber species (3), with a beautiful spreading crown (2). The trunk is straight with low, fat buttresses (the roots protruding at the base of the trunk), and has thick, rough, scaly bark (4). The leafs are feather-like, with each leaf consisting of many smaller leaflets arranged on both sides of a stem and each leaflet itself divided into many parts (2) The undersides of the leaflets are covered with long, ginger hairs, particularly around the stem (2) (4). At various times of the year the albizia may also be identified by its greenish-cream flowers that grow in tight clusters (2), or fruit, which is a cigar-shaped pod, up to 20 centimetres long (2). Each pod, which can be reddish-brown and glossy, or papery and straw-coloured in the dry season, contains around ten flattened seeds (2) (4). Albizias exude a reddish-brown gummy sap, which has a bitter soapy taste and tobacco-like scent (4).
- Height: 6 – 40 m (2)