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Senna bicapsularis
(Christmas bush)

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Senna bicapsularis (Christmas bush)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Senna bicapsularis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Christmas bush
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Summary of Invasiveness
  • The following summary is from Witt and Luke (2017):

    Description

    Evergreen rounded shrub [1.5–5 (–9) m tall], oft...

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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Senna bicapsularis (L.) Roxb.

Preferred Common Name

  • Christmas bush

Other Scientific Names

  • Cassia emarginata

Summary of Invasiveness

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The following summary is from Witt and Luke (2017):

Description

Evergreen rounded shrub [1.5–5 (–9) m tall], often spreading, scrambling or climbing, with woody branches.

Origin

South America, from Panama south to Venezuela and Colombia, and also the West Indies.

Reason for Introduction

Ornament.

Invades

Roadsides, disturbed areas, woodlands, riparian vegetation and coastal bush.

Impacts

Has the ability to form extensive, dense thickets, climbing over native vegetation and inhibiting growth and regeneration among native species. Thickets reduce wildlife habitat and restrict access to water.

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Fabales
  •                         Family: Fabaceae
  •                             Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
  •                                 Genus: Senna
  •                                     Species: Senna bicapsularis

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

EthiopiaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedNaturalized
KenyaPresentIntroduced
TanzaniaPresentIntroduced
UgandaPresentIntroducedInvasive

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