Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Caesalpiniaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Cassia occidentalis L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type

Paripinate

Leaf Shape

Lanceolate, Oblong

Leaf Apex

Obtuse

Leaf Base

Rotund

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A small shrub.

Habitat and Distribution : Gregarious weed of wastelands. Plains upto 900m. Pantropical, probably originating in tropical America.

Indigenous Information : Tender leaves cooked and eaten.

Other relevent information : Preferred food plant of Emigrant butterflies. Bark, leaves and seeds used in traditional medicine.

Field Tips : Foetid when broken. Globose glands at the base of the leaf.

 

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Names:


Irula : Thagarai
Tamil : Payaveri
Hindi : Kasaunda

Flower:

In axillary and terminal corymbose racemes, yellow. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A pod, short, flat, compressed, brown when mature. Seeds many, compressed, brown. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)