Common name: Smooth Senna, Pepper-leaf Senna
Senna barclayana (Sweet) Randell APNI*
Synonyms: Cassia barclayana Sweet APNI*
Cassia sophera var. schinifolia (DC.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Herb or subshrub to 1.5 m high.
Leaves 8–12 cm long, gland at base of petiole, flat; pinnae 6–10 pairs, narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, the largest 20–50 mm long, 4–9 mm wide; petiole 10–20 mm long.
Peduncles 2–3.5 cm long; pedicels 12–20 mm long. Fertile stamens 6; largest anthers 3 mm long, with pale recurved beaks, on filaments 2 mm long; 2 of 3 lower stamens with longer C-curved filaments ± at right angles to the plane of floral symmetry.
Pod cylindrical, 3–5 cm long, 6–9 mm diam., dark brown with paler margins.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and weedy in sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A.
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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