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Senna pendula (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) H.S.Irwin & Barneby
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Senna pendula (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) H.S.Irwin & Barneby APNI*

Description: Spreading shrub to 3 m high.

Leaves 4–8 cm long; gland 1, between 2 lowest leaflets, erect; leaflets 3–6 pairs, broad-oblanceolate to obovate, the largest 20–50 mm long, 10–15 mm wide; petiole 20–40 mm long.

Peduncles 3–4 cm long; pedicels 20–25 mm long. Fertile stamens 6 or 7; 3 largest anthers to 8 mm long, 2 longest filaments 15 mm long, central lower filament 4 mm long; 2 of 3 lower stamens with long C-curved filaments almost at right angles to the plane of floral symmetry.

Pods cylindrical, 10–14 cm long, 8–12 mm diam., straw-coloured.


Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: Flowers throughout year.

Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated and widely naturalized in coastal areas; north from Sydney district. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
Declared Noxious Weed
AVH map***

Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. glabrata

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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