Senna singueana (Delile) Lock

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Senna singueana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary, Lilongwe

Senna singueana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary, Lilongwe

Senna singueana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary, Lilongwe

Senna singueana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary, Lilongwe

Senna singueana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary, Lilongwe

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Synonyms: Cassia goratensis Fresen.
Cassia singueana Delile
Cassia tettensis Bolle
Common names: Scrambled egg (English) Sticky pod (English) Winter cassia (English) Winter-flowering senna (English)
Status: Native
Bark prominently vertically and horizontally fissured with × rectangular plates. Leaves paripinnate with erect stalked glands on the rhachis between each pair of leaves. Leaf indumentum variable ranging from glabrous to hairy.
Derivation of specific name: singueana: from Singu in Ethiopia, where the type specimen was collected by Frederic Cailliaud (1787-1869) on his voyage up the Nile between 1819 and 1822. (Drummond, 1981)
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Apr - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa but absent from the wetter forest areas
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Grammodora nigrolineata (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Monday 8 October 2018

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 160 - 163. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 121. as Cassia singueana

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 268. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 97 - 100. as Cassia singueana (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 41.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213. as Cassia singueana

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243. As Cassia singueana

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 78 - 79. as Cassia singueana (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84. As Cassia singueana

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 44.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 20. cassia tettensis (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 92.

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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: Species information: Senna singueana., retrieved 22 September 2023

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