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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Young leaves - cooked as a vegetable[1]. Roasted seeds are a coffee substitute[1].

Leaves

Unknown part

Material uses

The seeds (does this mean the pods?) are a source of tannin[2].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves and the seeds are anticholesterolemic, antispasmodic, carminative, emollient, hepatic, ophthalmic and purgative[3][4][5][1][6]. The powdered leaves are used in the treatment of indigestion and stomach pain[1].The leaves are used externally in the treatment of skin diseases[2][1].

The seed contains anthraquinones and naphthopyrones[6]. It is anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal and hepatic[1][6]. The seed is used in Korea to treat constipation, oedema, glaucoma, nyctalopia and to protect the liver[6]. A paste made from the seed is used externally in Nepal to treat leucoderma, leprosy and itchy skin[1]. A paste made from the roots, mixed with lemon juice (Citrus limon) is applied as a poultice to treat ringworm[1].

A decoction of the fruit is used in the treatment of fevers[1].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - scarify and then pre-soak the seed for 2 - 3 hours in warm water before sowing it from early spring to early summer in a warm greenhouse[7]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 12 weeks at 23°c[7]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse. Do not plant them out until the following spring[7].

Division as growth commences in spring[8].

Cuttings of moderately ripe wood, July in a frame[9].

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Cultivation

See also [3], [10]. C. Tora Benth. = Senna obtusifolia[11].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Senna tora.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Senna tora
Genus
Senna
Family
Leguminosae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
?
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    1 x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type












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