Cassia abbreviata

Sagalla Dry Season Flowering Plants

Field Report and Photos by Muasa Mwololo, Elephants and Bees Project 

As we usher in the new month of September, it’s getting drier in Sagalla. The hot scorching sun is unbearable for most of the indigenous plants, therefore making them shed off their leaves as a survival tactic until the next rain season. But that is not the case for other indigenous plants species. Despite being so dry in Sagalla, it is the flowering season for other  indigenous plants. These plants are  providing forage and sustaining bee swarms during this dry season.

Here is a brief information about some of the plants observed flowering in Sagalla in the Month of August.

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1, Cassia abbreviata

Common Name: Long Pod Cassia

It’s a tree growing to a height of 5 meters but sometimes it can grow to a height of up to 15 meters: branchlets are brown and longitudinally ridged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaves: paripinnate, leaflets are arranged opposite to sub opposite in 8-10 pairs, the leaf lamina is ovate to elliptic and its sparsely hairy above. Venation is slightly prominent on both surfaces.

Flowers: The plant flowers when leafless. The flowers are yellow and scented therefore attracting bees.

Fruits: It’s a cylindrical pod of up to 90cm long which is transversely partitioned within.

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2, Adansonia digitata

  Common Name: Baobab Tree.

It’s a massive, deciduous tree with a trunk that can grow to an immense girth, the bark is smooth.

Leaves: Are borne at the end of the branches; palmate with 5-7 leaflets.

Flowers: Large, white and pendent on long stalks, each flower has five free petals and many stamens.

Fruit: Sub spherical, each fruit filled with mealy pulp containing many seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3, Erythrina melanacantha

It’s a with much branched spreading crown growing up to a height of 20 meters with large bosses bearing curved prickles on old branches. The tree usually flowers when leafless.

Leaves: Leaf lamina rounded- obovate, rhomboid or broadly elliptic, midrib with or without prickles; apex rounded or slightly emarginate; base cuneate or truncate.

Flowers: Petals are standard brick red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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References

Plants Description reference.

Plants of the World Online Website (POWO)

 

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