Samanea saman

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Name and publication

Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr., J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 6: 47 (1916).


Leaflets of the monkeypod or raintree are sold as “thorn leaves” in the potpourri trade. Leaflets are simple, heavily veined, usually glossy on the top surface, 2-4 cm long x 1-2 cm wide.

Nativity and distribution

Samanea saman is native to Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela but cultivated and naturalized in the tropics.


Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae), also placed in Mimosaceae


Mimosa saman Jacq.

Albizia saman (Jacq.) F. Muell.

Pithecollobium saman (Jacq.) Benth.