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Description for Cassia absus
The plant is erect or much-branched annual or short-lived perennial. 0.1 to 1.2 m high, sticky on account of glandular-based setae in the indumentum. Leaves, apart from glandular hairs, with only a scale-like scarcely glandular structure between each of the 2 pairs of leaflets; leaflets obliquely elliptic or obovate.
Racemes 1â€“13 cm long, with few to numerous small flowers. Sepals obtuse. Petals yellow to red or occasionally white. Stamens 5, subequal. Pods linear-oblong, flat. Seeds brown to black, glossy, ovate or compressed.
Seeds contain alkaloids which have powerful actions on the nervous and vascular systems and are used accordingly for a variety of purposes in folk medicine.
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Typical uses of Cassia absus
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