Senna obtusifolia (L.) H.S. Irwin & Barneby

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Senna obtusifolia

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Katombora, Zambian side - 2nd embarcation point

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Synonyms: Cassia obtusifolia L.
Common names: American sicklepod (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Probably introduced
Annual or short-lived perennial shrubby herb, up to 2 m.
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolia: with obtuse leaves
Habitat: In riverine vegetation at low and medium altitudes
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1060 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Annual, perennial, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 30 September 2005

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 149 - 150.

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

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

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 256. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 72.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Senna obtusifolia., retrieved 18 January 2018

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