Senna alata

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  • Botanical Name : Senna alata (L.) Roxb.
  • Synonyms : Cassia alata L.
  • Common Name : Candle Bush, Ringworm Shrub, Dadmurdan
  • Plant Family : Caesalpiniaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 8, 11, 17, 21, 23
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Aranya Van

About Senna alata Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial shrub.
  • Leaves : Pinnately compound with 8-14 pairs of leaflets.
  • Inflorescence : Large spike-like racemes.
  • Flowers : Golden yellow in colour with fertile stamens 7.
  • Fruit :
    • Pods furnished with a wing down the middle of each valve, flat, with 4 broad crenulate wings.
    • Seeds small and sqaurish.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September - December
  • Significance :
    • An ornamental plant.
    • The leaves are also known to be used in the treatment of bronchitis and asthama.