Shrub or small tree. Leaves paripinnate without any glands on the rhachis or petiole; leaflets in 4-9 pairs, hairless, ovate-elliptic, tapering. Flowers in showy, erect pyramidal panicles, bright yellow. Fruit a brittle, blackish-brown pod, up to 60 cm long, tapering at both ends.
Only one plant is known from the Mahenye area in the Save Lowveld. This habitat is threatened by cultivation. Note: It may also occur in the Chewore Safari Area on the Zambezi (Trees of Southern Africa, Coates Palgrave, p 340, 2002).
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: Species information: Cassia afrofistula var. patentipila. http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126880, retrieved 30 March 2017