Cassia obtusifolia (PROSEA)

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Cassia obtusifolia L.

Family: Leguminosae

Vernacular names

  • Sicklepod (En)
  • Indonesia: ketepeng
  • Malaysia: gelenggang sayor, gelenggang nasi
  • Philippines: balatong-aso (Tagalog), andadasi (Ilocano), baho-baho (Bisaya)
  • Vietnam: dậu ma.


Pantropical. Probably native to tropical America.


Leaves and young tops are eaten. Leaves and roots are also used medicinally against vomiting and stomachache.


  • Annual or perennial, often bad-smelling herb or shrub, up to 2.5 m tall.
  • Leaves compound with 3 pairs of leaflets; rachis 4-7 cm long; leaflets obovate, 1-6 cm × 0.5-3.9 cm.

On roadsides, waste places and fallow fields up to 800 m altitude. Often confused with C. tora L. which has different anthers and seeds.

Selected sources

7, 20, 92.