Chamaecrista stricta E. Mey.

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Chamaecrista stricta

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Chamabonda Vlei, Zambezi National Park.

Chamaecrista stricta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chamabonda Vlei, Zambezi National Park.

Chamaecrista stricta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chamabonda Vlei, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Cassia capensis Thunb. var. humifusa Ghesq.
Cassia kirkii Oliv. var. quarrei Ghesq.
Cassia quarrei (Ghesq.) Steyaert
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial herb. Stems pubescent, more or less erect. Leaves pinnate, 3.5- 10 long with 25-36 pairs of leaflets; sessile gland, up to 1 mm in diameter, present just below the first pair of leaflets; leaflets up to 1 cm long and 1.4-2.3 mm wide,narrowly oblong, almost straight, usually almost hairless on both surfaces; margin hairless or shortly ciliate; stipules narrowly triangular with a long acuminate apex, 5.5-8.5 mm long. Flowers, yellow, 2-3 together, often markedly supra-axillary on pedicels 6-7 mm long. Stamens, 7-9, with 3-4 longer than the rest. Pods 5-6.3 cm long, sparsely appressed-pubescent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In open places in woodland, grassland, along river banks, in disturbed areas and as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: 750 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 30 January 2017

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 126 - 139. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 121. as Cassia quarrei

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 60.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213. as Cassia quarrei

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 252. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 53.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 63.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Chamaecrista stricta., retrieved 27 May 2024

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