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Common name

English: Golden shower

German: Röhrenkassie

Mandarin: 腊肠树 (la chang shu)

Portuguese: Cassia imperial


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Cassia (4)

            Epithet: fistula L. (1)

Synonyms: Bactyrilobium fistula Willd., Cassia bonplandiana DC., Cassia excelsa Kunth, Cassia fistuloides Colladon, Cassia rhombifolia Roxb., Cathartocarpus excelsus G.Don, Cathartocarpus fistula Pers., Cathartocarpus fistuloides (Colladon)G.Don, Cathartocarpus rhombifolius G.Don

bonplandiana => in honor of Aimé J. A. Bonpland (1773–1858), physician and authority on the flora of Tropical America

excelsa => high, elevated

excelsus => high, elevated

fistula => pipe or tube

fistuloides => pipe-like, hollow

rhombifolia => with leaves of rhomboidal shape

rhombifolius => with leaves of rhomboidal shape


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: tree

Flower colour: yellow

External links

Check for Cassia fistula at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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