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).

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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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cassia abbreviata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: 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 26 May 2019

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