Re: Albizzia saman/ Raintree?

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Posted by Maren Purves on May 13, 2003 at 18:27:35:

In Reply to: Re: Albizzia saman/ Raintree? posted by Robert on May 13, 2003 at 15:58:03:

: I have a tree which sprouted from a seed brought from Mexico. It looks like a mimosa, and the seed pod is shaped like a human ear. The trees in Mexico were quite large and were growing next to a lake in a volcanic crater. This tree (ours is only about 20 feet tall) drips water during the day (at least). I'd appreciate any further information about this tree. I can send digital photos of the leaves (which close up at night).

: Robert in Laredo, Texas

I did a web search, and found again the dangers of using common names. There are at least two different rain trees, one is Koelreuteria paniculata, which can be found here:
www.ces.ncsu.edu/.../trees-new/ koelreuteria_paniculata.html
(this is one line)
the other one, which we have in Hawaii is samanea saman, albezia (sp?) saman, or monkeypod, aka rain tree which can be found some way down the page here:
http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/carr/page21.htm

Hope this sheds some light on the question.

Aloha,

Maren

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