Albizia coriaria tree
What you can use the plant for:
You can use this tree plant for Fodder: Foliage eaten by livestock.
Apiculture: The tree is a useful source of bee fodder. Fuel: The tree is used as firewood and for charcoal making.
Timber: The sapwood is soft but the heartwood hard and durable. Timber used for boat building, utensils and furniture manufacture.
Poison: Molluscicidal activity is shown by bark extracts of A. coriaria. Chemical analysis of the extracts indicates the active ingredients are tannins. However, use of A. coriaria is not recommended on large scale because of its low potency compared to Endod (Phytolacca dodecandra).
Medicine: Bark is used for the treatment of menorrhagia, threatened abortion and post-partum haemorrhage. The roots and bark in concoctions with Carissa edulis and Euclea divinorum are used in treating venereal diseases or used in steam fumigation treatments for sore eyes. The bark decoction is used in treating cattle diseases and a number of abdominal problems associated with protozoan parasites. Other products: The bark is rich in saponins.
Shade or shelter: A good shade provider. Nitrogen fixing: A. coriaria is nitrogen fixing. Ornamental: A. coriaria is a beautiful tree with bright green splashes of new foliage growth and showy flowers, commonly found in homesteads and protected in fields.
Intercropping: A. coriaria is one of the species used in a permanent cultivation indigenous agroforestry system on the central plains of Uganda. Other services: Leaves used to hasten banana ripening. This tree is highly regarded culturally among the Luo of Kenya. To buy this plant or its products click here.
Plant species Name(s)
Plant Local name(s)
In Lusoga (Musita) and
In Luo (Itek)
Where to find this Plant in Uganda
Spread out in Uganda especially at Forest Edges because it doesn’t grow in closed .
Albizia coriaria is a deciduous tree 6-36 m tall. Tree crown spreading and flat, trunk often twisted. Buttresses short and blunt. Bark gray-black, rough and raggedly scaling.
Young branchlets hairy. Leaves bipinnate, pinnae 3-6 pairs, leaflets 6-11 pairs, oblong to elliptic 13-33 mm long, 5-17 mm wide, rounded at apex, subglabrous except for a few hairs on the midrib beneath.
Flowers subsessile or on pedicels 0.5-2 mm long; bracteoles minute, 1.5-2 mm long usually falling off before flowering. Calyx 3.5-6.5 mm long, not slit unilaterally, puberulous outside, with few shortly stipitate glands. Corolla 8-13.5 cm long, white and puberulous outside.
Fruit a pod 10-21 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, glabrous or nearly so, brown or purplish-brown in colour with a tapered or acute apex.To buy this plant or its products click here.