Calpurnia aurea

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Calpurnia aurea
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Seed pods on a branch of Calpurnia aurea.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Calpurnia
Species: C. aurea
Binomial name
Calpurnia aurea
(Ait.) Benth.
  • Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea (Aiton) Benth.
  • Calpurnia aurea subsp. indica Brummitt

Calpurnia aurea is a Southern African tree belonging to the family Fabaceae, occurring along the coastal regions from the south-eastern Cape northwards and inland to the central Transvaal, with an isolated population in eastern Zimbabwe. Mostly found as a small tree up to 4 m, but under forest conditions reaching heights of 15 m. This species produces abundant sprays of bright yellow flowers. Leaves are pinnately compound with a terminal leaflet (imparipinnate). Pods are thin and papery, straw-coloured and about 10 cm in length.