Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in open wet habitats, moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Even-pinnately compound: 10-20 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Yellow
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5 petals
10 stamens, the upper 3 sterile, the lower 7 fertile & unequal in size
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Senna hebecarpa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Senna hebecarpa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-05-003:
Cassia hebecarpa   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Northern Wild Senna, American Senna


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image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

JK Marlow    jkm070703_016

July    Summers County    WV

Sandstone Visitors Center

5-10 pairs of leaflets, elliptic, 1-2" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

JK Marlow    jkm070703_018

July    Summers County    WV

Sandstone Visitors Center

image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

Keith Bradley    kab_senna_hebecarpa_1826

July    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

Keith Bradley    kab_senna_hebecarpa_1832

July    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

Keith Bradley    kab_senna_hebecarpa_1836

July    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Five unequal petals. The upper 3 stamens are sterile, the lower 7 fertile, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

Keith Bradley    kab_senna_hebecarpa_1839

July    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Flowers 3/4" wide and numerous in axillary racemes, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

Keith Bradley    kab_senna_hebecarpa_1849

July    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Senna hebecarpa, Northern Wild Senna, American Senna

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_senna_hebecarpa2e

October    Moore County    NC

Utility right-of-way

Legume 5.5-8mm wide, with broad, nearly square segments, per Weakley's Flora.