Adipera laevigata (Willd.) Britton & Wilson
Cassia aurata Roxb.
Cassia elegans Kunth
Cassia floribunda auct.
Cassia floribunda pubescens V.Singh
Cassia laevigata Willd.
Cassia quadrangularis Zoll. & Moritzi
Cassia septemtrionalis Viv.
Cassia septentrionalis Sesse & Moc.
Cassia septentrionalis Zuccagni
Cassia vernicosa Clos
Chamaecassia laevigata Link
Chamaefistula laevigata G.Don
Chamaesenna laevigata (Willd.) Pittier
Senna aurata Roxb.
Common Name: Smooth Senna
Smooth senna is an evergreen shrub, occasionally a tree, that can grow up to 6 metres tall, though is usually smaller. Sometimes the plant is almost wholly herbaceous[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its use locally in traditional medicine and as a coffee substitute[
]. It is grown as a hedge and ornamental plant[
S. America - Brazil, Peru and Colombia, north to Mexico.
Moist or wet thickets or hedgerows, sometimes as a weed in waste ground, often in second growth, sometimes in moist forest; at elevations up to 2,300 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a deep, well-drained, moderately fertile sandy loam and a position in full sun[
Often grown as an ornamental, the plant has escaped from cultivation and become a weed in some areas[
There are conflicting reports on whether or not this tree has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, so it is unclear as to whether this tree fixes atmospheric nitrogen[
The seeds are used as a coffee substitute[
Used in Mexico as an emmenagogue[
The plant is grown as a hedge[
Seed - pre-soaking for 12 hours in warm water, or abrading the seed with sand can improve germination rates and reduce germination time[
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