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habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit (Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, USGS)
bark on main trunk (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
twice-compound leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
large leaf with several branchlets (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
leaflets (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of underside or leaflets (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
fluffy flower clusters (Photo: Chris Gardiner)
close-up of flowers with prominent pink and white stamens (Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, USGS)
immature fruit (Photo: Chris Gardiner)
mature fruit (Photo: Chris Gardiner)
young plant (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr.
Mimosa saman Jacq.
Caesalpiniaceae (Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory) Fabaceae: sub-family: Caesalpinioideae (New South Wales)Leguminosae (South Australia)
cow tamarind, false powder puff, French tamarind, monkey pod, monkeypod, rain tree, raintree, saman
This species originated in tropical America. The exact native range of this species is obscure, but it is thought to be native to Central America (i.e. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama) and tropical South America (i.e. Venezuela and Colombia). Possibly also native to other parts of South America (e.g. Brazil and Peru).
Naturalised in northern and central Queensland.
Also naturalised in south-eastern USA (i.e. Florida), Papua New Guinea and on many Pacific islands (e.g. Fiji, Vanuata, Tonga and Hawaii).
Rain tree (Samanea saman) is regarded as an environmental weed in northern Queensland.