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Senna tora - (L.)Roxb.

Common Name Stinking Cassia, Sickle senna
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wasteland and cultivated areas in the Himalayas[51]. To elevations of 1400 metres in Nepal[272].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea to the Phillipines, Vietnam and Indonesia.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Senna tora Stinking Cassia, Sickle senna


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Senna tora is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

basionym: Cassia tora L.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Coffee

Young leaves - cooked as a vegetable[272]. Roasted seeds are a coffee substitute[272].

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Medicinal Uses

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Anthelmintic  Anticholesterolemic  Antispasmodic  Carminative  Febrifuge  Hepatic  Ophthalmic  Parasiticide  
Purgative

The leaves and the seeds are anticholesterolemic, antispasmodic, carminative, emollient, hepatic, ophthalmic and purgative[51, 147, 176, 272, 279]. The powdered leaves are used in the treatment of indigestion and stomach pain[272].The leaves are used externally in the treatment of skin diseases[146, 272]. The seed contains anthraquinones and naphthopyrones[279]. It is anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal and hepatic[272, 279]. The seed is used in Korea to treat constipation, oedema, glaucoma, nyctalopia and to protect the liver[279]. A paste made from the seed is used externally in Nepal to treat leucoderma, leprosy and itchy skin[272]. A paste made from the roots, mixed with lemon juice (Citrus limon) is applied as a poultice to treat ringworm[272]. A decoction of the fruit is used in the treatment of fevers[272].

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Other Uses

Parasiticide  Tannin

The seeds (does this mean the pods?) are a source of tannin[146].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

See also [51], [240]. C. Tora Benth. = Senna obtusifolia[200].

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Propagation

Seed - scarify and then pre-soak the seed for 2 - 3 hours in warm water before sowing it from early spring to early summer in a warm greenhouse[138]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 12 weeks at 23°c[138]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse. Do not plant them out until the following spring[138]. Division as growth commences in spring[11]. Cuttings of moderately ripe wood, July in a frame[1].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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