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  Cassia grandis
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Caesalpinioideae)
  Citation:  Cassia grandis L. f., Suppl. Pl. 230. 1781; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 23. 1992; V. Singh, Monogr. Indian Subtribe Cassiinae 32. 2001.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Pink Shower, Coral Shower, Horse Cassia
  Description: Trees, to 15 m high, bark brown; branchlets velvety pubescent. Leaves paripinnate, alternate; stipules lateral, falcate or subulate, cauducous; rachis 14-25 cm long, stout, pulvinate, pubescent; leaflets 16-40, subopposite, estipellate; petiolule to 2 mm; lamina 1.5- 4.5 x 1-2 cm, elliptic-oblong or ovate, base round, apex obtuse, retuse or apiculate, margin entire, glabrous above, woolly beneath, coriaceous; lateral nerves prominent, pinnate. Flowers bisexual, pink, in lateral simple racemes to 20 cm long; pedicels 1-2 cm long; calyx lobes 5, 6- 9 mm long, obovate, obtuse, tomentulose; petals 5, 1.5 -2 cm, pink to rose, orbicular to obovate; stamens 10, unequal; 3 lower filaments ca. 2 cm long, sigmoid, the others shorter; anthers pilosulous, the 3 larger ones opening by apical and basal pores, 5 on shorter filaments opening by apical and basal pores, 2 smaller abortive; ovary half inferior, stipitate, 2 cm, pubescent; ovules many; style to 6 mm. Fruit a pod, 20 -80 x 2-5.5 cm, oblong, terete, black, indehiscent; seeds many, transverse, brown, lustrous, imbedded in pulp.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: February-April
  District(s): All Districts
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental tree
  Distribution: Native of tropical America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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