Shrub Weeds

Cassia/Winter Senna

Senna pendula var. glabrata

Another similar Senna species is Senna floribunda which is characterised by a more pointed leaf.
  • Family Caesalpiniaceae
  • Origin South America
  • Habit A straggly, multi-stemmed evergreen shrub 1-3m high. Stems brown and woody with thin cambium layer.
  • Leaves Leaves are compound, with 3-8 pairs of opposite leaflets. There is a raised gland between the lowest pair of leaflets.
  • Flowers Bright yellow, to 3cm, produce in large numbers, with protruding stamens. Flowers March/April.
  • Fruit Cylindrical green bean-like pods, 10-20cm long, each containing 20-40 seeds. Pods turn brown and desiccate when ripe.
  • Roots Woody, branching and relatively shallow. Will re-shoot from any root stock left in the ground.
  • Dispersal Seed spread by water, animals (foxes, rats & birds), humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
  • Control Hand pull/dig juvenile plants, cut and paint, scrape and paint and paint or foliar spray adult plants.

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