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Useful Tropical Plants

Senna undulata

(Benth.) H.S.Irwin & Barneby

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Cassia bimarginata Griseb.

Cassia undulata Benth.

Chamaefistula undulata (Benth.) Pittier

Common Name:

Senna undulata
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: O. M. Montiel
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Senna undulata Senna undulata

General Information

Senna undulata is a shrub or a small tree, often with a somewhat climbing habit[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - northern Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana; C. America - Panama to southern Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad, St. Vincent.

Habitat

Wet forest or thickets, often in secondary growth, at elevations up to 1,100 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *
HabitShrub
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are sometimes used like those of senna[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
There are several species within this genus that have the common name of senna, and this record does not stipulate which of those species it refers to. However, the general use of the leaves is as an anthelmintic, laxative and poultice. They are used internally to rid the body of parasites and as a treatment against vomiting and stomach-ache, whilst externally, they are used to treat skin infections, sores, ulcers and insect bites.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
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