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Sjambok Pod tree / Long-tail Cassia

Afrikaans name: Sambokpeul

Seed-pods of the Sjambok Pod

Sjambok Pod tree

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Cassia abbreviata

The Sjambok Tree is also know as the Long-tail Cassia. Both names refer to the extraordinarily long seed-pods born by the tree. A "sjambok" is a straight, heavy whip made out of either leather or plastic.

The flowers of the Sjambok Tree occur in early spring and are deep yellow in colour and have a pleasant scent.

The Sjambok Tree is slow-growing and normally reaches a height of around 10 metres.

It is found in a variety of African countries from Somalia and South Africa. It is quite a popular tree amongst gardeners with smaller gardens.

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