Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Senna purpusii, Baja California Senna

Senna purpusii, Baja California Senna Senna purpusii, Baja California Senna Senna purpusii, Baja California Senna Senna purpusii, Baja California Senna

Scientific Name: Senna purpusii
Common Name: Baja California Senna
Also Called:
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae Family
Synonyms: (Cassia purpusii, Adipera purpusii)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 3 feet or more.
Growth Form: Shrub; erect multiple stems.
Leaves: Green; dense green foliage. Green; pinnately compound.
Flower Color: Yellow;
Flowering Season: Early Spring and again in Fall.
Elevation: Near sea-level to 1,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Coastal mesas, plains, and along arroyos, sandy-gravelly flats near Creosote bush scrub in Baja California.

Recorded Range: Southern California, Baja California and northwest Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Senna purpusii; not found in the U.S.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 59 species in Senna throughout most of the eastern half and southern half of the United States and in Ontario, Canada. 9 species in Arizona, 8 species in California. Several members of the genus Senna have been re-classified from Cassia.

The Plant List includes 1,225 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Senna. Of these 272 are accepted species names.

Comments: Scant information exists for Senna purpusii, published or on-line.

Also see in Southwest Desert Flora; Twinleaf Senna, Senna bauhinioides, Coves' Cassia, Senna covesii and Woolly Senna, Senna hirsuta v glaberrima.

Date Profile Completed: 09/08/2015, updated, 09/14/2015
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information
California Native Plant Database:
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 09/08/2015).