Samanea saman, Mimosaceae, monkey pod; rain tree, suwar in indonesia
. Stunning shade tree from tropical America, with large, dome-shaped
canopy. The attractive wood is crafted into platters and bowls and
The pods have a sweet, sticky brown pulp, and are fed to cattle in
Central America .Synonyms: Albizia ,Pithecellobium saman
English: monkeypod, rain tree, saman,suwar,suar.
French: arbre de pluie
Description: A large to massive tree, the crown rounded, usually
broader than tall; leaves with 2-8 pairs of primary leaflets, these
each with 2-7 pairs of ovate to obovate leaflets 3-6 cm long;
flowers in loose heads; corolla greenish-yellow, stamens dark pink;
pods elongate, to 20-24 cm long, thick but compressed, black, pulpy
within; seeds numerous
Commonly planted for shade and wood
Native range: Neotropics from Mexico to Peru and Brazil .