Cassia queenslandica—Yellow Shower—FABACEAE.
Habitat—Grows in well developed rainforest but probably more characteristic of rainforest margins.
Distribution— Endemic to North East Queensland, restricted in distribution between Cooktown and Cairns. Altitudinal range from about sea level to 440 m.
Description—Medium sized tree.
Raintrees Diamond Beach
Leaves.— Compound, alternate, entire. First pair of true leaves with six opposite leaflets and stipules about 1 mm long. Stem between the cotyledons and first pair of leaves clothed in short erect white hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: compound leaf petiole hairy, stalks and upper surface of leaflets hairy (mainly along the midrib); leaflets ovate; stipules very small, linear. Leafy twigs usually longitudinally grooved. Compound leaf rhachis grooved on the upper surface. Leaflet blades about 2-6.5 x 1.5-2.5 cm.
Inflorescence.—Racemes, pendant. Petals about 12 to 15 mm long. Fertile stamens seven. Staminal filaments swollen about the middle on three stamens in each flower. Ovary hairy. Yellow
Fruit.—Pods 30 cm or more long, moniliform, ± circular in transverse section.