3536.000 Cassia L.

Brenan, J.P.M. (1967) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora of Tropical East Africa

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.

Comment: A useful key to the cultivated species of Cassia is to be found on pp. 48-50 of the Flora of Tropical East Africa, Caesalpinioideae (Brenan 1967).

Worldwide: c.30 species, pantropical

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman) Larval foodplant
Grammodora nigrolineata (Black-lined eggar) Larval foodplant
Cassia abbreviata

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abbreviata Oliv.[Agg]N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
abbreviata Oliv. subsp. abbreviata N,C,E
abbreviata Oliv. subsp. beareana (Holmes) BrenanN,W,C,E,S
afrofistula Brenan var. patentipila Brenan[CR]EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cassia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cassia
Flora of Malawi: Cassia
Flora of Mozambique: Cassia
Flora of Zambia: Cassia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cassia

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Cassia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=693, retrieved 24 January 2017

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