Senna spectabilis

Senna spectabilis, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in an urban park in Nairobi, Kenya. March 2013.

flowers of Senna spectabilis, photo © Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: Grand spikes of large, bright yellow flowers with five petals; mature trees in bloom might have many dozens of such spikes.

TREE: Small tree, exceptionally 15 meters tall.

LEAVES: The long, compound leaves are pubescent on the undersurface and green on the top.

RANGE: This plant has its origins in tropical America. It has been extensively and widely planted due to its stunning appearance when in bloom.

FRUIT: A long slender pod containing beans.

UNARMED. No thorns.

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

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 13 September 2013