Recently, I have already posted 2 flowering plants sharing the same common name of "Powder-puff". So, today I shall introduce Samanea, and later I will parade all 3. Please help me select the Beauty Queen.
Synonym: Albizia saman, Enterolobium saman
Common name: False Powder-puff, Monkey Pod, Raintree
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae - pea/legume family)
Origin: Tropical America from Mexico to Brazil
This is "BLOSSOM", the pink powder-puff plant. This False Powder Puff is a big tree about 10 - 30 m tall. It bears pale pink to pink inflorescent flowers the whole year through and enjoys the full sun. Propagation is by seeds or bud grafting. Here in the tropics, we grow it as a big shade tree due to its umbrella shaped crown.
The name "rain tree" was coined in tropical India, especially Bengal. Its origin is the moisture that collects on the ground under the tree, largely the honeydew-like discharge of cicadas feeding on the leaves. (Source: Wikipedia)
Scientif name: Xanthostemon youngii
They look like powder-puffs but actually they are 3 different species from 3 different families.
Now, which one is your favourite and which one do you have in your place?
My post today is dedicated to Bernie from North-eastern Australia of My Dry Tropics Garden blog. Thank you for being the first commenter of my previous post on the Combretum constrictum. She also has a powder-puff plant in her garden.