Samanea saman

Samanea saman

Samanea saman

(Rain tree)

FAMILY

Fabaceae / Mimosaceae

Species

Samanea saman

Common name

Raintree

Flower colour; life form

Pink; tree

Campus

Townsville

Description

Deciduous, this tropical American species, at maturity forms a large tree with a spreading canopy and dark fibrous bark. The dark green glossy leaves are bipinnate. Flowers are borne at the end of a peduncle about 8 cm long, form fluffy clusters, numerous stamens, which white in the lower half, then pink, are about 2.5 cm long. Pods are thick, oblong to about 20 x 2 cm. This tree is sometimes confused with Albizia lebbeck which has cream flowers and papery pods.