Silver Cassia
Silver Cassia
Old Flowers
Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides ssp artemisioides)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Legumes (Fabales)
Family: Legume (Fabaceae or Leguminosae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Silver Cassia (Senna artemisioides ssp artemisioides)
This Photo:     Leaf
Other name: Punty Bush

Thank you Jean-Philippe Basuyaux for confirming the id of this species for us

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 © 2012-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Nov-2012
This species is classed as DD (Data Deficient) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)