(Also known as Senna)
Senna pendula var. glabrata
Type of weed: Woody weed
A multi-stemmed shrub that grows up to about 5 m tall.
Leaves grow in alternate formation, and are pinnate with 3–6 pairs of leaflets.
Bright yellow flowers, 30 mm across with 5 petals, in leafy clusters at the tips of the branches, appear in autumn.
Hard, black, irregular seeds are found in slender pods that are green, maturing to brown. There are around 5–40 seeds per pod.
Don’t confuse with…
Can be confused with native Breynia (Breynia oblongifolia); however the native plant has alternate leaves. Some Phyllota species also look similar.
The seed pods are eaten by birds and other animals.
Impact on bushland
Cassia smothers and replaces native vegetation and establishes monocultures in a wide range of native plant communities and disturbed areas including riparian corridors.
Lower Blue Mountains. Mostly in mid and lower Mountains.
Local species of:
- Phyllota spp.
- Gompholobium spp.
- Lambertia formosa
- Hakea teretifolia
- Banksia spinulosa
Council provides a tool, on its Mountain Landscapes website, to help you choose native alternative plantings. Choose your village, soil, vegetation community and the purpose of your planting, and the tool will give you suggestions.
- Seedlings can be hand pulled if all the roots can be removed. Use a trowel or knife to loosen the soil first.
- Larger plants will need to be treated by the cut and paint method using herbicide.
Because the berries are spread by birds, treat plants before they fruit. Bag the large seed pods and if possible dispose of in a hot compost to kill the seeds. Other cut parts of the plant can be spread out to dry off the ground. Once dead, the material will decompose in place, or can be composted.