Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid, Vol 65, No 2 (2008)

A taxonomic study of Albizia (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae: Ingeae) in Mexico and Central America

María de Lourdes Rico Arce
Royal Botanic Gardens, United Kingdom

S. L. Gale
School of Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

N. Maxted
School of Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom


The genus Albizia is economically and environmentally important because many elements are multipurpose trees. A taxonomic study of 12 Central American and Mexican Albizia species is presented. Identification keys, illustrations and ecological information are provided together with some taxonomic comments. Distribution maps and conservation status are given for each native species in the area. Three epithets are lectotypyfied and three new name combinations are made. An interactive identification electronic key is available from the authors if requested. Full specimen records are available at .


Albizia; multipurpose trees; conservation; Leguminosae; Mimosoideae

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