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Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth.
Woman's tongue, Rattlepod

Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Tropical Asia; cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Status: Category I Invasive

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

FISF Comments: For more information and images, visit Florida Invasive Plant Species Mobile Field Guide (FLIP) or click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.

FISF Synonyms: A. julibrissin, misapplied.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and gardens in the lower Keys. This is occasionally naturalized from the upper Keys to the lower Keys. An herbarium voucher is needed for the Monroe County Keys.

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Albizia lebbeck
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Other data on Albizia lebbeck available from :
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Albizia lebbeck has been reported from the following 10 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Curry Hammock State Park Reported
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Indian Key Historic State Park Reported
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Reported
Little Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
National Key Deer Refuge Reported




Albizia lebbeck has been reported for the following 3 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock


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Albizia lebbeck
Copyright by: Shirley Denton