||From the Arabic name Sana
|| Winged; referring to the winged fruits
||Cassia alata L., Cassia bracteata L.f.
||Seven Golden Candlesticks, Ringworm Tree
||Northern part of South America
Senna alata is a shrub that can be found growing wild in our scrublands. Its erect and flaming yellow-orange inflorescence makes it easy to identify. The leaflets are also rather diagnostic, being large and almost rectangular.
The Seven Golden Candlesticks is one of the first few plants that I learnt, and I remembered asking "what's with the seven"? Apparently, this name originated from the Bible in the Old Testament when God instructed Moses to make a golden lampstand with 6 branches (adding to a total of 7) to be placed in the holy tentage for worshipping him (Exodus 25: 31-40).
Form of the Seven Golden Candlesticks.
Inflorescence with developing fruits.
Close-up of a leaflet.
Fruits are 4-winged.
Posted Date: 2014-02-16 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11