3536.020 Senna Mill.

CASSIA L. p.p.

Description of the genus

Unarmed trees, shrubs, subshrubs or herbs. Leaves paripinnate, often with spherical to clavate or cylindric glands on petiole and/or rhachis. Flowers in racemes; pedicels without bracteoles. Sepals 5. Petals 5, yellow. Stamens usually 10; filaments straight, shorter than or not over twice as long as the basifixed anthers. Pods (in ours) shorter than in Cassia, i.e. less than 30 cm, terete or flattened, indehiscent or tardily dehiscent, valves not twisting.

Worldwide: c.240 species, pantropical, most numerous in the New World

Malawi: 9 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Rhodogastria amasis (Tri-coloured tiger)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
alata (L.) Roxb.SDescription, Image
bicapsularis (L.) Roxb.C,SDescription, Image
didymobotrya (Fresen.) H.S. Irwin & BarnebyC,SDescription, Image
hirsuta (L.) H.S. Irwin & BarnebyN,SDescription, Image
obtusifolia (L.) H.S. Irwin & BarnebyN,C,SDescription, Image
occidentalis (L.) LinkN,C,SDescription, Image
petersiana (Bolle) LockN,C,SDescription, Image
septemtrionalis (Viv.) H.S. Irwin & BarnebyNDescription, Image
singueana (Delile) LockN,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Senna:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Senna
Flora of Caprivi: Senna
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Senna
Flora of Mozambique: Senna
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Senna
Flora of Zambia: Senna
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Senna
Flora of Zimbabwe: Senna
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Senna

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Senna
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Senna
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Senna
Wikipedia: Senna
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Senna
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Senna

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Senna.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=695, retrieved 21 March 2023

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