Name: Fetid cassia
Botanical name: Cassia tora Linn / Senna tora
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Chakramarda, Meshalochana, Chakri
English: Fetid cassia
Hindi: Chakavad, Papamd
Fetid cassia is a small erect hairlesss shrub, about 1 m tall, commonly found growing wild on roadsides. True to its name, foetid/stinking cassia has a disagreeable smell. It is widely spreading with numerous ascending, hairless branches. The compound leaves are arranged spirally and usually have three pairs of symmetrically egg-shaped leaflets up to 2 inches long. One to three yellow flowers appear on short axillary stems. The linear pods grow to 8 inches long, curve downward and contain many shiny, angular seeds. It occurs abundantly in open pastures, and is very common on roadsides and wasteland. In organic farms of India, Stinking Cassia is used as natural pesticide.
The juice obtained by crushing the leaves of this plant is used for treatment and at the same time the roots of this plant is used in the preparation of pills.