Paraserianthes lophantha (syn. Albizia distachya)
plume albizia

Fabaceae (pea family)
Australia
Paraserianthes lophantha inflorescence and portion of compound leaf. From An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees, Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino

A few specimens about 10 feet tall are on the Carnegie Institue back lawn at the Campus Drive end and near the lab. They may have frozen back or been cut back. Leaves are feathery, alternate, twice-pinnately compound, with 40–50 ultimate leaflets, each about ¼ inch long. They were flowering February 1, 2004. The bloom is a spike of small, light green-yellow flowers with many exserted, conspicuous stamens, joined at their bases.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the main text of this entry ca. 2005.