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Albizia julibrissin

Albizia julibrissin
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-17 5:50
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Points: 38
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Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Albizia
Species: A. julibrissin

Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree, pink silk tree) is a species of tree in the family Fabaceae, native to southwestern and eastern Asia.
The genus is named after the Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi, who introduced it to Europe in the mid-18th century, and it is sometimes incorrectly spelled Albizzia. The specific epithet julibrissin is a corruption of the Persian word gul-i abrisham (گل ابریشم) which means "silk flower" (from gul گل "flower" + abrisham ابریشم "silk").
Albizia julibrissin is known by a wide variety of common names, such as Persian silk tree or pink siris. It is also called Lenkoran acacia or wild tamarind, though it is not too closely related to either genus. The species is usually called "silk tree" or "mimosa" in the United States, which is misleading - the former name can refer to any species of Albizia which is most common in any one locale. And, although once included in Mimosa, neither is it very close to the Mimoseae. To add to the confusion, several species of Acacia, notably Acacia baileyana and Acacia dealbata, are also known as "mimosa" (especially in floristry), and many Fabaceae trees with highly divided leaves are called thus in horticulture.
Its leaves slowly close during the night and during periods of rain, the leaflets bowing downward; thus its modern Persian name shabkhosb (شب‌خسب) means "night sleeper" (from shab شب‌ "night" and -khosb خسب "sleeper"). In Japan its common names are nemunoki, nemurinoki and nenenoki which all mean "sleeping tree". Nemu tree is a partial translation of nemunoki.
A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm long and 12–25 cm broad, divided into 6–12 pairs of pinnae, each with 20–30 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets are oblong, 1–1.5 cm long and 2–4 mm broad. The flowers are produced throughout the summer in dense inflorescences, the individual flowers with small calyx and corola (except the central ones), and a tight cluster of stamens 2–3 cm long, white or pink with a white base, looking like silky threads. They have been observed to be attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The fruit is a flat brown pod 10–20 cm long and 2–2.5 cm broad, containing several seeds inside.


Albizia julibrissin Durazz., 1772 è una pianta della famiglia delle leguminose, originaria delle regioni dell'Asia orientale e sud-occidentale comprese tra l'Iran orientale, Cina e Corea. La pianta è anche nota come "acacia di Costantinopoli" o "albero della seta persiano".
Il genere prende il nome dall'italiano Filippo degli Albizzi, nobile appartenente alla famiglia fiorentina degli Albizzi, che introdusse A. julibrissin in Europa verso la metà del XVIII secolo. Il nome botanico julibrissin è una corruzione della parola persiana gul-i abrisham (گل ابریشم) che significa "fiore di seta" (da Gul گل "fiore" + abrisham ابریشم "seta").
A. julibrissin è un piccolo albero di 5-12 metri di altezza a foglie decidue. La corteccia è di colore grigio chiaro con sfumature verdastre e presenta strisce scure in verticale con l'avanzare dell'invecchiamento. Le foglie sono bipennate, lunghe dai 20 ai 45 cm e larghe dai 12 ai 25 cm. I fiori vengono prodotti durante tutta la stagione estiva, sono privi di petali ma presentano una densa "peluria" costituita da lunghi e numerosi stami di colore bianco e rosa. Si è osservato che le infiorescenze di A. julibrissin risultano particolarmente attraenti per le api, le farfalle delle specie più comuni e i colibrì. Il frutto è un baccello verde di circa 10-20 cm di lunghezza che con la maturazione assume una colorazione giallo-marrone.

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Hello Luciano,
This is a perfect example of how to demonstrate a flora.I like the way you have cropped unwanted parts out.Subject is well focused and well detailed.BG is well blur which is helping to concentrate on subject.
First time came to know about this species.Good NOTE.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Luciano
What an wonderful flower study.
Excellent colour with superb clarity.
Best wishes,

Ciao Luciano, ormai i colori si vedono solo in foto, qui si passa danna nebbia alla pioggia, bel dettaglio dell'alberello fiorito, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

hallo Luciano
great sharpness and good light on the flower
the colours and details are beautiful
great shot
thanks greeting lou

Hello Luciano
Lovely photo, excellent detail, good light, nice composition, interesting flower
regards yiannis

Hi Luciano, This is a very beautiful flower. I like so much of its flower threads which look like gift ribbons. Wonderful light and details. Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-17 7:49]

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful tropical flower in splendid colours and great sharpness. Strange ... an Asian flower found in Gambia. Top quality!

Hi Luciano!
Very nice shot of this beautiful flower. I had heard about this flower and its medicinal uses but never seen it. It's entangled threads-like look is very interesting. Pink and white color is also very elegant. Thanks for sharing this new species.
Best regards,

Ciao Luciano. Un capolavoro floreale. Luce e colori meravigliosi. Incredibile profondità.


Hello Luciano

Beautiful macro of this wild flower, in a beautiful warm light,
great POV at its level with great DOF, superb focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hello Luciano,
照的清晰 很漂亮的花朵
第一次見到這種形狀的花朵 很驚奇
光線亮麗 花朵也很漂亮 綠葉非常的搭配 真是魅力極了
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-18 4:47]

Fine flower image, love the colors, twists and turns...delightful image. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-18 6:03]

Bonjour Luciano,
Une plante de grande beauté et que tu as superbement photographiée, pas simple avec ce genre de forme. Excellente notice aussi pour compléter ce posting intéressant.
Merci et bonne fin de semaine

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-19 11:05]

Hi Luciano,
Fantastic details and amazing colors.
Very nice Flower.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Luciano,
Very interesting plant with very interesting inflorescence.

Hello Luciano
Beautiful photo! Impressive sharpness and fantastic colours!

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2014-01-21 23:12]


A very unique flower. I don't think I have seen one or heard of it before. I love that I learn something new always here.

It is a beautiful flower, very strange and exotic. Excellent quality photo as always.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-01-22 22:46]

Hello Luciano
very lively red flower with fines hairs. So well detailed and effective contrast.
Exciting view of fluffy style.


beautiful closeup, though I don't think this is A. julibrissin, but another tropical Albizzia species, greetings Ori

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