Australian Native Plants

  Senna artemisioides (Silver Cassia)


Senna artemisioides photo
Senna artemisioides subsp. quadrifolia, Geelong Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia

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SILVER CASSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Senna artemisioides in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Silver Cassia

Other Names
Feathery Cassia

Description
Silver Cassia is a shrub growing to about two metres in height. The leaves are covered in short hairs giving a silvery appearance. The compound leaves grow to about 4cm long and have up to eight pairs of narrow leaflets. Clusters of yellow flowers about 1 cm across are produced in winter and spring. The fruit is pods that grow to about 8cm long, the pods are green initially and turn brown as they ripen. The plant used to be known as Cassia artemisioides.

Height
1m - 3m

Habitat
grows on well-drained sandy soils and stony soils in a variety of habitats including sandy regions, around rocky outcrops and mallee country where it can obtain sufficient moisture

Distribution
Senna artemisioides is found in the dry inland areas of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Fabales
Family:Caesalpiniaceae
Genus:Senna
Species:artemisioides
Common Name:Silver Cassia