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Senna alata is native to Mexico, and can be found in diverse habitats. In the tropics it grows up to an altitude of 1,200 meters. The shrub stands 3–4 m tall, with leaves 50–80 cm long. The inflorescence looks like a yellow candle. The fruit shaped like a straight pod is up to 25 cm long. Its seed are distributed by water or animals. The leaves close in the dark.
It is an invasive species in Austronesia.
In Sri Lanka this is use a ingredient of Sinhala traditional medicine.
Candlebush Cassia alata
Spotted on Jan 5, 2012
Submitted on Mar 5, 2012