Senna occidentalis (L.) Link

Coffee Senna, Stinking Weed

Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Senna

Category: Annual

Size: To 6' tall (Brazil 8')


Taproot with few laterals. Semi-woody annual herb in warm temperate areas, woody annual shrub or short-lived perennial in frost-free areas. Pale yellow flowers. The seeds are roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The leaves are used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory... All parts can be poisonous.


Published in Handbuch (Link) 2: 140 in 1831.

Basionym is Cassia occidentalis L.


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