Falcataria moluccana

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Moluccan albizia
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Specimen at Waiehu, Maui
Scientific classification
F. moluccana
Binomial name
Falcataria moluccana
(Miq.) Barneby & J.W.Grimes
  • Adenanthera falcata L.
  • Adenanthera falcataria L.
  • Adenanthera falcatoria L. [Spelling variant]
  • Albizia eymae Fosberg
  • Albizia falcata sensu auct. Misapplied
  • Albizia falcata (L.) Backer [Spelling variant]
  • Albizia falcata (L.) Backer ex Merr.
  • Albizia falcataria (L.) Fosberg
  • Albizia falcatoria (L.) Fosberg [Spelling variant]
  • Albizia fulva Lane-Poole
  • Albizia fulva C.T. White & Francis
  • Albizia moluccana Miq.
  • Paraserianthes falcataria (L.) I.C.Nielsen
  • Paraserianthes falcataria subsp. falcataria (L.) I.C.Nielsen
  • Paraserianthes falcataria subsp. fulva (Lane-Poole) I.C.Nielsen
  • Paraserianthes falcatoria (L.) I.C.Nielsen [Spelling variant] [2]

Falcataria moluccana, commonly known as the Moluccan albizia, is a species of fast-growing tree in the legume family, Fabaceae.[3] It is native to the Maluku Islands, New Guinea Island, the Bismarck Archipelago (in Papua New Guinea), and the Solomon Islands. It is cultivated for timber throughout South Asian and Southeast Asian countries. This tree is considered to be invasive in Hawaii, American Samoa and several other island nations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.[4][5] It is about 30m tall tree in nature with a massive trunk and an open crown.[4]

Common names

Falcataria moluccana is cultivated throughout the wet tropical and subtropical regions of the world and so has many common names. These include: albizia (Hawaii), Moluccan albizia, sengon (Java), salawaku (Maluku), jeungjing (Indonesia), ai-samtuco (Tetun, East Timor), , batai (Malaysia), kerosin tree (Pohnpei), sau, Moluccan sau, and falcata (Philippines), Tamaligi (Samoa).


The tree has become invasive in forests in Hawaii and on other Pacific islands, like New Caledonia.[8][9]


Insects found on Falcataria moluccana

In Hawaii the caterpillars of the endemic Hawaiian koa looper (Scotorythra paludicola) has been found to defoliate Falcataria moluccana and complete their development on this invasive tree without the larvae eating the leaves of their native host Acacia koa.[11]

In Borneo the following moth species have been identified as feeding on Falcataria moluccana.[12]

In the broader Indomalayan region the following species have also been found feeding on F. moluccana:

The industrial tree plantation wood Falcataria moluccana was found to be susceptible to the species of drywood termites, Cryptotermes cynocephalus, in trials in the Philippines.[6] This tree species has also been found to be susceptible to the subterranean termite species Coptotermes formosanus in tests conducted in Indonesia[14] and Hawaii.[15] The Formosan subterranean termites consumed 49 ± 4.0 µg/termite/day of F. moluccana wood in the Indonesian Standard (SNI) laboratory tests or 66 ± 6.5 µg/termite/day under the Japanese Standard (JIS) tests for termite susceptibility.[14]


Falcataria moluccana is the primary host of the gall rust fungus Uromycladium falcatarium,[16] and has also been recorded as a host of Uromycladium tepperianum.[17] Both of these gall rust species cause severe damage throughout all stages of the tree's growth.

Two Actinomycetales bacteria Streptomyces asiaticus and S. cangkringensis have been isolated from the rhizosphere soil surrounding F. moluccana in Indonesia.[18][19][20] Although at least 10 species of Streptomyces are plant pathogens it is unclear if these two species have any negative impacts on the roots or other tissues of this tree.



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