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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Albizia saman or Samanea Saman (Rain Tree)

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Young tree, height : 5 m (17 ft).


Mature tree, medium size


Mature tree, height: 12 m (40 ft)


Common names / local names :
English: Saman, Rain Tree, Monkey Pod, Giant Thibet, Inga Saman, Cow Tamarind, East Indian Walnut.
Grenada: Coco Tamarind.
Guyana: French Tamarind
Spanish: cenízaro, acacia preta, árbol de lluvia ("rain tree"), genízaro.
Cuba: algarrobo.
Central America: carreto, cenicero, dormilon, zarza. Colombia and Venezuela: campano, saman. Venezuela: carabeli, couji, lara, urero, zaman.
German: Regenbaum ("rain tree")
Sanskrt: Shiriesch
Marathi: Shiriesch
Tamil: Thoongu moonji maram ("Tree with a sleeping face")
French: arbre a (la) pluie ("rain tree")
Haitian Creole: guannegoul(e)
Hindi: Vilaiti Siris सीरस
Kannada: Bhagaya mara
Jamatea[verification needed]: goango, guango
Javanese: trembesi
Khmer ampil barang ("French tamarind")
Malagasy: bonara(mbaza), kily vazaha, madiromany, mampihe, mampohehy
Malay/Indonesian: Pukul Lima ("5 o'clock tree", in Malaysia), ki hujan ("rain tree")
Portuguese: chorona
Sinhalese: mara
Sundanese: ki hujan ("rain tree")
Vietnamese: cây mưa (rain tree)
Thai: Jamjuree
In the Caribbean region, it is occasionally called marsave.
(source: Wikipedia)

Family: Fabaceae


Albizia saman or Samanea Saman is a leguminous tree native to South America, Southeast Asia, Pasific islands and Hawai. It is an evergreen tree growing up to 25 m (82 ft) tall with a diameter of  40 m (130 ft). Samanea Saman primarily cultivated as shade tree.
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