Bastard Sena.

Botanical name: 


A common shrub kept for ornament in our gardens. The trunk is not very robust, but it keeps upright, and is covered with a whitish rough bark. The leaves are composed each of several pairs of smaller, set on a common rib, with an odd loaf at the end; but they are rounder and broader in proportion to their length than those of the true sena. The flowers are yellow: they are but small, but they hang in long branches, and are succeeded by pods, which look like bladders of a greenish colour.

The leaves are used: some give an infusion of them as a purge, but they are very rough: they work both upwards and downwards, and are only fit for very robust constitutions. For such as can bear them, they are good against rheumatic pains.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.