Senna petersiana (Bolle) Lock

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Senna petersiana

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Senna petersiana

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Cassia petersiana Bolle
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
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.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: petersiana: named after Professor Wilhelm Peters (1815-1863) of Berlin who collected in Mozambique in the early 19th century.
Habitat: Munga woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1650 m
Flowering time:Jan - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Africa from Ethiopia southwards to northern South Africa; also in Madagascar where it may be introduced
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk,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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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2017

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 159 - 160.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 266. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51.

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

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 44.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 26.

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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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Senna petersiana., retrieved 24 May 2024

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