African Plant Database

Cassia kirkii Oliv.
Family : Caesalpiniaceae
Protologue : Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 281 (1871) 
Information on the genus : Cassia
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Chamaecrista kirkii (Oliv.) Standl. var. kirkii
 Cassia kirkii Oliv. var. kirkii
 Chamaecrista kirkii (Oliv.) Standl.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cassia wildemaniana Ghesq. (1932)
Taxon infra-specific
Cassia kirkii var. glabra Steyaert (1950)
Cassia kirkii Oliv. var. kirkii
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect annual herb 30-120(-240) cm tall, with the single main stem often becoming rather woody in its lower part and thus perhaps enabling the plant to perennate for a short time; stems simple or ± branched.
Ecology : Grassland, particularly in damp or marshy places, often by rivers and pools; Acacia-Commiphora bushland; forest edges, clearings; near ferrugineus hardpans; wooded grassland; grassy places on rocks; 400-2300 m alt.
  Bioco / Fernando Poo.
  Comprises 3 vars. (several specimens are intermediate): - var. kirkii; - var. glabra Steyaert [syn.: Chamaecrista kirkii var. glabra (Steyaert) Lock]; - var. guineensis Steyaert [syn.: Chamaecrista kirkii var. guineensis (Steyaert) Lock].
  Can be confused with C. comosa (a perennial!).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:213 (2012)
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Record n°177160 modified 2007-03-30
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