Description of the genus
Unarmed trees or shrubs. Leaves
paripinnate, without glands on petiole or rhachis. Flowers in many-flowered racemes; bracteoles 2 at base of pedicels. Sepals 5. Petals 5, yellow (in ours). Stamens 10, filaments of 3 lower stamens with an S-bend near the base, many times longer than their small anthers which are dorsifixed. Pod
long (30-60 cm in ours), cylindric or elongate.
Worldwide: c.30 species, pantropical
Zimbabwe: 9 cultivated taxa.Insects associated with this genus:
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
Other sources of information about Cassia:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: CassiaFlora of Malawi
: CassiaFlora of Mozambique
: CassiaFlora of Zambia
: CassiaFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): CassiaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: CassiaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for CassiaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): CassiaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cassia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=693, retrieved 7 December 2016