Senna sophera

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  • Botanical Name : Senna sophera (L.) Roxb.
  • Synonyms : Cassia sophera L.
  • Plant Family : Caesalpiniaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 27, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Senna sophera Plant :

  • Habit : An erect shrub or undershrub, annual or perennial.
  • Leaves : Leaves with a solitary conical gland near the base of the petiole, leaflets 6-10 pairs, glabrous.
  • Inflorescence : Few-flowered racemes.
  • Flowers :
    • Yellow in colour.
    • Stamens 10 of which 3 are reduced to staminodes, the others are usually fertile but of varying lengths.
  • Fruit : Pods 7-10 cm long, somewhat turgid, seeds 30-40.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Around October.
  • Significance :
    • All the parts of the plant are used for various medicinal properties.
    • The whole plant is purgative and febrifuge.
    • The leaves are used in skin affections as an external application.
    • The roots are diuretic.