Rambling cassia

Rambling cassia

Senna bicapsularis (Fabaceae)

Common Name:

Rambling cassia

Scientific Name:

Senna bicapsularis (Fabaceae)


Alternative common names:

Winter senna (English)

Description:

A scrambling or climbing shrub growing up to 3m high. Leaves are green with yellow margins and leaflets in 2-3 pairs with rounded tips. The small yellow flowers have clearly marked brown veins and appear from May to October. Brown, cylindrical pods 5-6cm long. This shrub is known to be poisonous to birds and bees.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

South America and the West Indies

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA 2020 - Category 1b

Where does this species come from?

South America and the West Indies

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo

How does it spread?

Seeds

Why is it a problem?

Scrambles over and competes with other species. Poisonous to birds and bees

What does it look like?

General description: A scrambling or climbing shrub growing to 3m high.
Leaves: Leaves are green with yellow margins and leaflets in 2-3 pairs with rounded tips.
Flowers: Small yellow flowers with clearly marked brown veins appear from May to October.
Fruit/seeds: Brown, cylindrical pods 5-6cm long

Does the plant have any uses?

Ornament, hedging

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