Senna didymobotrya (Fresen.) H.S. Irwin & Barneby

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Senna didymobotrya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd before Westaway

Senna didymobotrya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd before Westaway

Senna didymobotrya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Svisvi River bridge, Gokwe District.

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Synonyms: Cassia didymobotrya Fresen.
Common names: Peanut butter cassia (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Probably introduced
Shrub, 1-5(-9) m. Stipules broadly ovate-cordate, 8-12 mm wide, acuminate. Leaves foetid, smelling somewhat like peanut butter when crushed, usually 10-30 cm; petiole and rhachis eglandular. Leaflets in 8-18 pairs: lamina 2-6.5 × 0.6-2.5 cm, oblong-elliptic, pubescent; apex rounded to obtuse with a 1-3 mm mucro. Racemes including peduncle, 11-35 cm. Sepals dark brown. Petals 1.8-2.7 cm, bright yellow. Pod 8-12 × 1.5-2.5 cm, flattened.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A weed of disturbed ground, often to be seen in Communal Lands.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in eastern and southern tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 20 February 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 46 - 47. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212. as Cassia didymobotrya

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


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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: Senna didymobotrya., retrieved 29 May 2016

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