Siamese Cassia

Senna siamea

Senna siamea, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in Kerio Valley, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya. Dec 2014.

FLOWERS: Large, but compact spikes of yellow flowers with five petals; mature trees in bloom might have many dozens of such spikes.

TREE: Medium-sized tree, exceptionally 18 meters tall. Smooth gray bark.

LEAVES: The compound leaves have 8 to 18 leaflets and are dark glossy green on upper surface.

RANGE: This plant has its origins in southeastern Asia. It has been widely cultivated for shade and forage uses.

FRUIT: Long flattened pods containing beans. Strap-shaped.

UNARMED. No thorns.

trunk and bark of Senna siamea, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Fabaceae -- Bean Family -- Caesalpinioideae - Senna Sub-Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 18 November 2015