Mountain Cassia
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Mountain Cassia
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Mountain Cassia
Botanical name: Senna montana    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)
Synonyms: Cassia montana B. Heyne ex Roth, Cassia setigera

Mountain Cassia is a large shrub to small tree, with young shoots yellow woolly. Leaves are compound, up to 18 cm long; leaflets oblong, blunt with a tiny point; base rounded, up to 3 x 1.2 cm. Flowers are 2.5 cm across, yellow, in short corymb-like panicles, in leaf-axils and at branch-ends. Petals are obovate. Stamens 10, upper 3 staminodes. Pod is compressed, beaked; seeds about 20, ovoid, longitudinal. Mountain Cassia is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: November-January,

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh.

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