Albizia spp. of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family, including at least 9 Albizia species. In addition, there are at least another 9 spieces from 6 different genera that have mimosa as all or part of one or more of their common names. These include the very likely species of Mimosa biuncifera, Mimosa polycarpa and Jacaranda mimosifolia. I have no idea which are represented on this page unless specifically stated.
Mimosa, whatever the species, is generally a modest sized ornamental shade tree which can reach almost 2 feet in diameter so is sometimes available in various locales as small boards but not widely available (not commercialy viable) as lumber. Grows in many warm climates throughout the world. Reported, the name of the cocktail "mimosa", which contains orange juice, is based on the Acacia dealbata, an Australian variety, the leaves of which are bright yellow.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
both sides of a sample plank of mimosa / Albizia julibrissin --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
both sides of a sample plank listed as mimosa / Albizia julibrissin --- NOTE: I'm not really familiar with this wood, but from what I've read and the few pics I've seen, this sample plank is not even remotely typical and in fact looks like crap. This poor quality was fairly common in the wood samples that I got from the IWCS.
end grain shots of both ends of the plank directly above