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Scientific Name: Albizia procera

Family: Fabaceae 

Physical Characteristics

      Akleng Parang is a fast-growing, semi-deciduous, light-demanding and drought-tolerant species. It is typically a small tree 7-15 m tall, but it can reach 30 m with a 9 m long straight or crooked bole. The bark is smooth, pale grey-green, yellowish-green or brown with horizontal grooves, sometimes flaky in thin, small scales. It has compound leaves with a large, brown, oblong gland near the base; gland narrowly elliptical, flat and disc-like or concave with raised margins. Its inflorescence is a large terminal panicle, with sessile, white or greenish-white, sessile flowers in small flowered heads. The fruit is a flat, papery pod, dark red-brown, and linear-oblong with distinctive long points at both ends and distinctive marks over each seed. It contains 6-12 brown, ellipsoid seeds that are arranged more or less transversely in the pod. At maturity the pod splits open to release the seeds which are smooth, greenish brown with a leathery testa.

Distribution

      Native in India, Southern China, Southeast Asia (including the Philippines),  New Guinea and Australia

Mode of Propagation

      The tree is easily propagated using seedlings or stumps.

Uses

   Akleng parang is a useful tree for farm and amenity planting, light shade, firebreaks and for the rehabilitation of seasonally dry, eroded and degraded soils. Timber for furniture, veneer, agricultural implements and carving, also for interior works, posts and general constructions; Fodder tree (mixed with other species); Fuelwood and charcoal.