Species Detail

Senna obtusiflolia L. Irwin & Barneby and S. occidentalis L. Link.
Senna; Coffee Senna; Coffee Weed


Scientific Name:  
Senna obtusiflolia L. Irwin & Barneby and S. occidentalis L. Link.
Common Name:  
Senna; Coffee Senna; Coffee Weed
Myaamia Name:  
No Myaamia Name
Uses:  
Medicinal
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Senna obtusiflolia L. Irwin & Barneby and S. occidentalis L. Link.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  leaves made into laxative. Sugar balls infused with senna; in center; recipe by Effie Louella pimyotahmah Walker Brown
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  senna balls rolled in sugar eaten for strengthening the blood but too much could cause diarrhea
Botanical Sources  
Senna obtusiflolia L. Irwin & Barneby and S. occidentalis L. Link.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   S. obtusifolia is a native species that is now pantropical and found in moist woods in eastern and western Miami lands; and S. occidentalis is a native of the Old World tropics but naturalized in eastern and western Miami lands in sandy and alluvial soils along streams and disturbed areas
Related Sources  
Senna obtusiflolia L. Irwin & Barneby and S. occidentalis L. Link.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Referring to cultural use as a laxative by Effie--in same discussion; Watona relayed that in the Miami tradition; medicinal knowledge was passed on orally to the opposite sex child; therefore Effie and great aunt Myrtle Walker Fuller shegoquah were not taught the medicinal knowledge of their mother; Rebecca Stitt Pimyotomah Walker; a well know mid-wife and medicine woman in Lincolnville; OK at the turn of the century. Rebecca was the daughter of Mary Benjamin Stitt Kepahkakasequah; who was relocated from Indiana to Kansas. Effie and her sister reportedly learned Miami herbal medicine by sneaking around the woods as Rebecca foraged teaching her sons
No Reference Specified   Dried leaflets; in small doses 2 gm has physiological action as a laxative; purgative; and cholagogue; also increasing the flow of bile
No Reference Specified   Leaves of Senna obtusifolia are believed to possess the purgative qualities that are associated with the pharmaceutical drug senna; and leaves of Senna occidentalis are used to make an ointment used as a remedy for ringworm and other skin problems