Senna occidentalis

(Coffee senna)


Caesalpiniaceae / Fabaceae


Senna occidentalis

Common name

Coffee senna

Flower colour; life form

Flowers yellow; shrub to 1.2 m tall

Distinguishing features

Shrub with ribbed stems, leaves pinnate with 4-6 pairs of leaflets, 3-7.5 cm long, terminal pair the largest; petiole with a gland at base. Flowers in racemes, petals yellow, fertile stamens 3. Pods linear, 10-15 cm long up to 10 mm wide, margins thickened, 20-30 brown seeds per pod.

Scan of Senna occidentalis