Senna petersiana

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Monkey pod
Senna petersiana, habitus, Kloof.jpg
S. petersiana in South Africa
Scientific classification
S. petersiana
Binomial name
Senna petersiana
(Bolle) Lock
  • Cassia petersiana Bolle

Senna petersiana, the monkey pod or eared senna, is an African deciduous shrub or small tree.[1][2] The leaves are compound with about 12 opposite lanceolate leaflets, dark green above and lighter below. Its copious bright yellow flowers are carried on erect multi-branched inflorescences.[2] The species was formerly placed in the genus Cassia.

It occurs naturally in Cameroon, Central African Republic, DRC, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.[1] It was introduced to several Indian Ocean islands and became naturalized in far northern Madagascar.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Senna petersiana (Bolle) Lock". African Plant Database. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques & South African National Biodiversity Institute. 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  2. ^ a b "Senna petersiana". Sunshine seeds. 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  3. ^ Bosch, C.H. (2007). "Senna petersiana (Bolle) Lock". Record from Protabase. Prota, Netherlands. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  4. ^ "Senna petersiana (Bolle) Lock". Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Madagascar, 2007. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  5. ^ Kew Bulletin 43(2): 340. 1988.