Cassia abbreviata Oliv.[Agg]

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Cassia abbreviata

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Cassia abbreviata

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Cassia abbreviata

A - fruiting branch
B - fruit, internal aspect
C - fruit, external aspect
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Cassia abbreviata

Kamaila; Nov 2000.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Cassia abbreviata

Flowers; Lusaka, Musikili Road; Sep 2009.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cassia abbreviata Oliv. var. granitica (Baker f.) Baker f.
Cassia granitica Baker f.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small rounded tree. Bark greyish-brown, longitudinally furrowed. Leaves paripinnate without any glands on the rhachis or petiole; leaflets in 7-12 pairs, hairy on the under surface, particularly when young (see note below), ovate-elliptic with a rounded apex. Flowers in large, lax, terminal sprays, yellow, appearing before the leaves. Fruit a long cylindric brown pod, up to 90 cm, which remains on the tree for many months.
Type location:
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: abbreviata: shortened
Habitat: Deciduous forest, termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From East Africa southwards to Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,Lk
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Rhodogastria amasis (Food plant)
Gynanisa maja (Larval foodplant)
Grammodora nigrolineata (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Thursday 27 June 2013
Literature:

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 93 - 96. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 76 - 77. (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. As Cassia abrbreviata var abbreviata and var. beareana

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 21. Cassia granitica (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Cassia abbreviata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cassia abbreviata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cassia abbreviata
Ispot Southern Africa: Cassia abbreviata
JSTOR Plant Science: Cassia abbreviata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cassia abbreviata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cassia abbreviata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cassia abbreviata
Tropicos: Cassia abbreviata


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cassia abbreviata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=163860, retrieved 19 July 2019

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