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  Senna spectabilis
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Caesalpinioideae)
  Citation:  Senna spectabilis (DC.) H.S.Irwin & Barneby, Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 35: 600. 1982; V. Singh, Monogr. Indian Subtribe Cassiinae 205. 2001. Cassia spectabilis DC., Cat. Pl. Horti Monsp. 90. 1813. Pseudocassia spectabilis Britton & Rose, N. Amer. Fl. 23: 230. 1930.
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  English name(s): Archibald's Cassia, Calceolaria Cassia, Golden Shower, Scented Shower, ,
  Description: Shrubs to small trees; young parts puberulous to tomentose. Leaves alternate rachis (including petiole) 20-33 cm long, eglandular; leaflets 8-15 pairs, 4-6 x 1.5-2.5 cm, ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, chartaceous, acute or subacuminate, obliquely rounded at base, puberulous beneath; petioles 2-3 cm long; petiolules 2-3 mm long; stipules linear, narrowly falcate, ca 1 cm long, deciduous. Flowers in axillary, congested, paniculate-corymbose racemes; peduncles 2-3 cm long; pedicels 1.5-2.5 cm long; bracts ovate or ovate-lanceolate, acute-acuminate, caducous. Sepals unequal, reflexed, concave; outer ovate, about half as long as inners, pubescent; 3 inner ones petaloid, obovate. Petals 2-2.5 cm long, yellow, dark-veined, 4 similar but unequal, shortly clawed. Fertile stamens 7, almost equal in size; anthers yellow, exceeding the filaments, biporose at top; staminodes 3, deeply cordate at both ends. Ovary glabrous; stigma fringed with minute cilia. Pods 17-25 x 1-1.5 cm, shortly stipitate, linear-cylindric, terete, turgid, annulate, septate, dehiscing along the sutures; valves black, woody, cross-ridged, wrinkled; seeds 50 to 70, orbicular, 4-6 x 3-5 mm, pointed at radicle, orange-brown; areole 2-3.5 x 1-2.5 mm, oblong-elliptic.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Wayanad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental tree
  Distribution: Native of America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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