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Senna armata (Desert senna)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Senna armata

Senna armata (S. Watson) Irwin & Barneby

Desert Senna

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Cassia armata

USDA Symbol: sear8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Yellow to salmon-red.



Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

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

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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