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Cassia italica ssp. micrantha Brenen in Kew Bull. l3:241. 1958.

Vern.: Sonamukhi, Chotta-taroda.

Differs from ssp. italica in having petiole c. 1-1.25 cm long. Raceme 2-8 cm long. Sepal 5-8 mm long. Petal 8-9. mm long. Bigger anthers 5.5-6 mm long.

Fl. Per.: October-May.

Holotype: Turkana Province; 40 km. S.W. of Lodwar, 550 m., fl. and fr. 12.5. 1953, Padwa 144 (K).

Distribution: W. Pakistan (Sind, Punjab, N.W.F. Province); India (Punjab, Bombay, Madras); Ethiopia, Somali Republic; Uganda; Kenya; Tanganyika; Bechuanaland; South Africa (Brenan, l.c.).

Apparently no subspecific distinction is made so far as the economic utility is concerned. The leaves are purgative and used as a substitute or an adulterant for Senna.


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