Senna petersiana (Bolle) Lock

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Senna petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rusape-Juliasdale rd near Brondesbury Park Hotel

Senna petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rusape-Juliasdale rd near Brondesbury Park Hotel

Senna petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rusape-Juliasdale rd near Brondesbury Park Hotel

Senna petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chithora River, rd to Himalayas

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Synonyms: Cassia petersiana Bolle
Common names: Eared senna (English) Monkey pod (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small deciduous tree. Leaves paripinnate with 6-12 pairs of leaflets and large ear-shaped, leaf-like stipules at the base of the petioles. Flowers in large sprays, sweetly scented, bright yellow. Pods up to 25 cm, straight or slightly curved, dark brown or black when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: petersiana: named after Professor Wilhelm Peters (1815-1863) of Berlin who collected in Mozambique in the early 19th century.
Habitat: In riverine fringes and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 1790 m
Flowering time:Jan - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Africa from Ethiopia southwards to northern South Africa; also in Madagascar where it may be introduced
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Catopsilia florella (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 9 September 2006
Literature:

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

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

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 21. Cassia petersiana

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 91 - 92.


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Flora of Malawi: Senna petersiana
Flora of Mozambique: Senna petersiana
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African Plant Database: Senna petersiana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Senna petersiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Senna petersiana
Ispot Southern Africa : Senna petersiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Senna petersiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Senna petersiana
Tropicos: Senna petersiana
West African Plants database: Senna petersiana


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 petersiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=127120, retrieved 25 May 2016

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