Botanical Name: Cassia Senna L.

Scientific Name: Cassia Acutifolia Delile, sny. with Cassia Senna L. Also includes references to C. Angustifolia Vahl.

Family: Fabaceae (beans)


Senna Pods, also called Nubian Senna or Alexandrian Senna, grow in parts of Africa and in some other Arabian countries.

The best Senna is distinguished by a bright yellowish-green color of the leaves with a faint odor resembling the smell of green tea and a bittersweet taste.

The plant has a pale green stem with long spreading branches. The sweetish taste of the leaves distinguishes Senna from the Argel leaves. It has small yellow flowers and oblong pods about 2 inches long and 7 to 7 inches broad.