Silver Cassia
Green Pod
Ellura
Silver Cassia
Dried Pod
 
    
Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides ssp artemisioides)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Fabales
Family: Legume (Fabaceae or Leguminosae)
Species: Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides ssp artemisioides)
This Photo:     Drying Pods
Other name: Punty Bush

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Very similar to the Senna artemisioides ssp filifolia, but the leaves are not cylindrical; even though they look it from one side. They are heavily curved, like a new moon in cross section. The photo's tell the story easier than it is to describe them.
The leaves are also shorter, which reduces the spiky appearance.
Oops, forgot to mention; they also regularly have 4 leaflets (or more), not the 2 of filifolia.
They are very common on Ellura, with an estimated 30% of Senna artemisioides bushes being this sub-species.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Dec-2012
This species is classed as DD (Data Deficient) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)