14 - SENA EMPENADA
Chamaecrista desvauxii var. latistipula G.P.Lewis (LEGUMINOSAE)
14- Sena empenada - Chamaecrista desvauxii var. latistipula GPLewis (LEGUMINOSAE)
Sub-shrub up to 1.4 m tall, erect, with little branching. Leaves 5 to 8 cm long, rounded, hairless, cardboard texture and characteristic coloring. Flowers 3 to 6 cm long, yellow like many legumes. Seeds in vegetables up to 5 cm long by 0.5 cm wide, with seeds of 0.4 cm x 0.2 cm, rectangular.
The bluish green color and the shape covered with “scales”, in contrast to the color of the red earth in the background, was so strange that it looked like it was exploring a flora from Mars. Yellow flowers also stood out, and the late afternoon light created an atmosphere that completed the effect. Really, the warped sena is a native plant so far from everyday life that it seems out of this world.
The ancient naturalistic explorers who crossed the planet in search of novelties came across things that are common today, but imagine the first European who saw an anteater and his job to describe it to others. Today a lot is accessible, we can travel, buy and see news, and we get used to a constant strangeness rhythm. The exotic became accessible on the shelves of a supermarket.
Distribution: South America, in open and sunny fields.
Situation in São Paulo: Common, found in fragments of cerrado. It reproduces a lot in some places, forming large groups, and it is easy to visualize on the side of roads.
How to plant: The pods are collected and the seeds are removed to simply bury and water, without needing a special land. I've seen it being born and developing right in the middle of rubble. New seedlings can be transplanted, which grow very quickly at the edge of the mother plant in full sun.
Uses: Recommended for ecological restoration because it is native legume and not very invasive. Great ornamental potential does not understand why it is not normally seen in gardens.
DANTAS, MM; SILVA, MJ. THE GENUS CHAMAECRISTA (LEGUMINOSAE, CAESALPINIOIDEAE, CASSIEAE) IN THE SERRA DOURADA STATE PARK, GOIÁS, BRAZIL. RODRIGUÉIA, V. 64, N. 3, P. 581-595, 2013.
DURIGAN, G. PLANTS OF THE CERRADO PAULISTA: IMAGES OF A THREATENED LANDSCAPE. PÁGINAS & LETRAS EDITORA E GRÁFICA, 2004.
Species introduced into urban life by the project. Today there are people who develop seedlings harvesting seeds from Cerrado Infinito plants.
THE INTIMACY ...
This student from the Jardim das Camélias State School saw this plant grow in the second Cerrado Infinito, at the Jardim das Camélias State School. For him it was easy to identify in the field guide.
SHIFT TO BLUE
I confirmed that it was a cerrado plant, seeing the Giselda Durigan's São Paulo cerrado plant guide, she is a great specialist in the cerrado in the state of São Paulo.
FROM GARBAGE TO LUXURY
Splendid in the middle of a wasteland full of brachiarias and garbage. Note the very "poor" soil.
It is very good to see intuition on the spot. The plant I always saw on degraded land, was in front of me in the middle of a very relevant and biodiverse fragment of UFSCAR, in São Carlos.