Greek para — similar to, Serianthes — another genus of the Mimosaceae.
Small trees or shrubs. Leaves bipinnate; stipules bristle-like, mostly soon shed. Flower cluster an axillary stalked spike. Flowers numerous, mostly greenish yellow. Sepals 5, united. Petals 5, small. Stamens numerous, protruding from the flower and united into a tube at the base. Fruit pod oblong, straight-edged, flat. Syn. Albizia Durazz. in part.
4 species from Malesia to tropical Australia (2 species) and the Solomon Islands.
A valuable source of timber for fuel, carving and woodwork.
Flowers in cylindrical clusters.
Nielsen et al. (1984).
Source: (2002). Mimosaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.