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Senna obtusifolia (Java-bean)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Senna obtusifolia

Senna obtusifolia (L.) Irwin & Barneby

Java-bean, Sicklepod

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Cassia obtusifolia, Cassia tora, Emelista tora

USDA Symbol: SEOB4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CA , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NE , NY , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 80 - Illinois Wildflowers (2002) John Hilty
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Senna obtusifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Senna obtusifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Senna obtusifolia


Record Modified: 2022-12-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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