Plant ID forum: Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia)

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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jul 13, 2015 9:12 AM CST
This sprouted in my yard recently and before I yank it up, I'd like to know what it is. It appears to be either a tree or shrub
planted by the birds and I would guess it's in the legume family. Can anyone help me, please?

Thanks in advance!
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jul 13, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Looks like Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia)
I have it coming up in my beds now. I let it grow since it is a larval host for some Sulfur Butterflies.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 13, 2015 11:09 AM CST
I agree, looks to be Senna obtusifolia which grows here in Florida too.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 13, 2015 11:21 AM CST
Butterfly host plant... A keeper at my house...

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Incidentally... A fabaceae...

AKA coffeeweed.
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jul 13, 2015 11:44 AM CST
So since it is growing in the lawn area, I should probably move it to a more permanent location. BTW, it's growing in an area where I sprinkle
leftover coffee grounds, but is that possible?

Thank you!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 13, 2015 12:01 PM CST
It grows all over Florida and is considered a weed by many. I yank it every time I see it because we have a dog who likes to eat grass and I'd be afraid of him munching on it.

This page from the FSU Biology department shows it as potentially poisonous: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu/view_project_species.php?unique...

This Texas A&M page says Senna obtusifolia it is toxic to livestock: http://essmextension.tamu.edu/plants/plant/sicklepod-senna/

Yes, many species of Senna are host plants for the Sulphur Butterfly: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/bfly2/cloudles...
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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jul 13, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Sorry to keep coming back. Is it related to bladder senna?
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 13, 2015 2:42 PM CST
Doesn't appear so.
The sennas / cassias are a large group all without needing to have the colutea merged...

When you have the time, try searching Rattlebox plants...
There's a large selection of visually similar plants that are in totally different family groups.

I think they're all neat... But... Yeah... Don't eat them... Lotta inedible fabaceaes.
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jul 13, 2015 3:07 PM CST
Thanks, y'all, and especially you, Stone. I'll read more about it and decide whether to keep it or not.
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