Cassia queenslandica—Yellow Shower—FABACEAE.

Cassia queenslandica

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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.

Local occurrences

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.

Cassia queenslandica
Cassia queenslandica

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

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Pods 30 cm or more long, moniliform, ± circular in transverse section.

Ripe.—Summer