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

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Chamaecrista absus

Lusaka SE 13km; Dec 2007.
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Chamaecrista absus

Lusaka SE 13km; Feb 2010.
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Chamaecrista absus

Kanyanja; Feb 1996.
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Synonyms: Cassia absus L.
Common names:
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.
Type location:
Sri Lanka
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Grassland, woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics and subtropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,E,Lk,W
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 26 June 2013

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 125 - 129. (Includes a picture).

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).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 43.

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.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 52. as Cassia absus (Includes a picture).

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Chamaecrista absus., retrieved 18 May 2024

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