Chamaecrista absus (L.) H.S. Irwin & Barneby

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Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katima Mulilo area

Chamaecrista absus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

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Synonyms: Cassia absus L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb, to 60 cm, glandular-hairy. Leaves: petiole to 4 cm, without a gland; leaves with 2 pairs of opposite leaflets with a gland on the rhachis between each pair. Inflorescences terminal. Petals 5-6 mm, yellow, orange, salmon or pinkish-red with reddish-brown veins. Stamens 5, subequal; filaments straight. Pod 3-6 cm, flat.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In disturbed grassland or open woodland, also on roadsides, riverine alluvium and former cultivated areas.
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics.
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 18 March 2018

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 125 - 129. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212. as Cassia absus

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 128. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 43.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 71. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 52. as Cassia absus (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Chamaecrista absus
Flora of Malawi: Chamaecrista absus
Flora of Mozambique: Chamaecrista absus
Flora of Zambia: Chamaecrista absus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chamaecrista absus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chamaecrista absus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chamaecrista absus
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chamaecrista absus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chamaecrista absus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chamaecrista absus
Plants of the World Online: Chamaecrista absus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Chamaecrista absus
Tropicos: Chamaecrista absus
Wikipedia: Chamaecrista absus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Chamaecrista absus., retrieved 22 October 2019

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