Botanical Name: Albizia amara
Synonyms: Acacia amara, A. Wightii, Mimosa amara
Common Name:Bitter Albizia Wheel Tree, Oil cake tree, Bitter Albizia
Seed collection period: Jan- Mar.
Albizia amara is a small to moderate-sized, much-branched deciduous tree with smooth, dark green, scaly bark. It resembles the acacias but lacks thorns. Its root system is shallow and spreading. The leaves are pinnately compound, with 15-24 pairs of small, linear leaflets, on 6-15 pairs of pinnae. The yellow, fragrant and globose flowers are in clusters. They develop when the tree is almost leafless.
The yellow or pinkish-white, fragrant flower heads appear mainly in the rainy season, and the fruits ripen in the cold season.