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Common name

English: Arsenic bean, Coffeeweed, Stinking weed

French: Pois piante noir

German: Fedegoso, Mogdad-Kaffee, Stink-Kassie

Mandarin: 望江南 (wang jiang nan)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Senna (7)

            Epithet: occidentalis (L.)Link (3)

Synonyms: Cassia caroliniana Walter, Cassia ciliata Raf., Cassia falcata L., Cassia foetida Pers., Cassia macradenia Colladon, Cassia obliquifolia Schrank, Cassia occidentalis L., Cassia planisiliqua L., Ditramexa occidentalis Britton & Rose, Ditremexa occidentalis (L.) Britton & Wilson

caroliniana => from the Province of Carolina, a former colony of North America including the modern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi, and parts of modern Florida and Louisiana

ciliata => fringed, as with eyelashes

falcata => sickle shaped

foetida => evil smelling

macradenia => having large glands

obliquifolia => with slanting or asymmetrical leaves

occidentalis => western


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: yellow

External links

Check for Senna occidentalis at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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