Characteristics of the Lebbeck Tree (Albizia lebbeck) in the Wild

Albizia lebbeck
The Lebbeck tree or Flea tree is a species of Albizia tree, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea and Northern Australia. This tree is cultivated widely and naturalized in many tropical climates around the world.

Synonym names in English include Lebbek tree, Flea tree, Frywood, Koko, Shak Shak Tree, and Woman’s Tongue tree. The last two names are taken from the name of the sound play that tamarind seeds produce when they sound in the pod.

The Lebbeck tree is one of the most well-known Albizia species and is commonly grown on roadside or in tropical country urban parks.


Characteristics of Lebbeck Leaf

Albizia lebbeck Leaf
Source : and Kim Starr

The leaves are bipinnate, 8-15 cm long, with 1-4 pairs of pinnae, each pinna has 6-18 leaflets.


Characteristics of Lebbeck Flower

Albizia lebbeck Flower
Source : Worthington

The flowers are white, with 3-4 cm long stamens, and they smell very fragrant.


Characteristics of Lebbeck Fruit

Albizia lebbeck Fruit
Source : Benedito

The fruit is 15-30 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, and contains six to twelve seeds.


Characteristics of Lebbeck Tree

Albizia lebbeck Tree
Source : and Kim Starr

The Lebbeck tree is a tree that can grow to 25-30 meters in height with a trunk diameter of 60-100 cm.


The substances contained in certain parts of the Lebbeck tree are used as traditional medicines to treat boils, coughs, flu, gingivitis, lung problems, respiratory problems, eye problems, stomach tumors, and tonics.

The bark of the tree is used medicinally to treat inflammation.

South America cultivates the Lebbeck tree for roadside shrubs and ornamental trees in large gardens.

In India and Pakistan, the Lebbeck tree is cultivated for timber harvesting. Lebbeck tree or Flea tree wood is of fairly good quality.


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