Chamaecrista absus (L.) H.S. Irwin & Barneby

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Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rocky slopes on left of entry road

Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rocky slopes on left of entry road (Quarry kopje), Cleveland Dam

Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Cassia absus L.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual herb, to 60 cm, glandular-hairy. Leaves: petiole to 4 cm, without a gland; leaves with 2 pairs of opposite leaflets with a gland on the rhachis between each pair. Inflorescences terminal. Petals 5-6 mm, yellow, orange, salmon or pinkish-red with reddish-brown veins. Stamens 5, subequal; filaments straight. Pod 3-6 cm, flat.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In disturbed grassland or open woodland, also on roadsides, riverine alluvium and former cultivated areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1540 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old Wordl tropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212. as Cassia absus

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 128. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 71. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chamaecrista absus., retrieved 30 May 2016

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