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Easter cassia

An erect or sprawling shrub usually growing 2-4 m tall. Its stems are much-branched and its once-compound leaves have three to six pairs of leaflets.These broad leaflets (1-5 cm long and 5-20 mm wide) have rounded tips and prominent yellowish margins. its bright yellow flowers (about 3 cm across) have five large petals and are borne in leafy clusters at the tips of the branches.Its fruit are cylindrical pods (10-20 cm long and 6-12 mm wide) that hang downwards.

A widely distributed species that has mainly become naturalised in the eastern parts of the country. It is most common in the coastal and sub-coastal regions of south-eastern Queensland and New South Wales. Also present in other parts of Queensland and recorded in Victoria.

A weed of waterways, gardens, disturbed sites, waste areas, roadsides, closed forests, forest margins and urban bushland in tropical, sub-tropical and warmer temperate regions.

An erect (i.e. upright), spreading or sprawling shrub usually growing 2-4 m tall, but occasionally reaching up to 5 m in height.

Easter cassia (Senna pendula var. glabrata) is regarded as a significant environmental weed in New South Wales and Queensland. It was recently listed as a priority environmental weed in two Natural Resource Management regions, and is actively managed by community groups in Queensland. Typically this species outcompetes native species through it’s prolific fruit production and rapid growth rate.

The stems are much-branched and become woody with age. Younger stems are green in colour and sparsely hairy (i.e. puberulent), but become hairless (i.e. The compound (i.e. pinnate) leaves (4-8 cm long) are alternately arranged along the stems and borne on stalks (i.e. petioles) 20-40 mm long. They have three to six pairs of dark green leaflets with rounded tips (i.e. obtuse apices). These leaflets are egg-shaped in outline (i.e. obovate) or oval (i.e. elliptic) in shape, with those closer to the stem generally being smaller than those at the tip of the leaves (10-50 mm long and 5-20 mm wide). They are almost hairless (i.e. glabrous) with quite prominent entire margins that are yellowish in colour. There is a small cone-shaped (i.e. conical) gland in between the two lowest leaflets of each leaf (i.e. on the rachis).glabrous) and darker as they mature.

The flowers are bright yellow (about 30 mm across) with five large petals (20-25 mm long). They are borne in leafy clusters at the tips of the branches, and each has a stalk (i.e. pedicel) about 20-30 mm long. These flowers have two or three prominent stamens that are curved, four or five smaller stamens (i.e. six or seven in total), and three tiny petal-like structures (i.e. staminodes) at their centres. Flowering occurs throughout the year, but is most prevalent during autumn (i.e. at Easter time). The fruit are cylindrical pods (10-20 cm long and 6-12 mm wide) that hang downwards (i.e. they are pendulous). These fruit turn from green to pale brown in colour as they mature, contain numerous (5-40) black seeds, and often have irregular constrictions.

Seeds are often dispersed in dumped garden waste. They may also be spread by water or in contaminated soil. Long-lived seeds are also dispersed by water and soil movement

Suitable alternatives to this plant are available on the Grow me Instead website.

Easter cassia An erect or sprawling shrub usually growing 2-4 m tall. Its stems are much-branched and its once-compound leaves have three to six pairs of leaflets.These broad leaflets (1-5 cm

UK’s first ever legal cannabis Easter egg sells out – despite £18.99 price tag

  • 9 Apr 2020, 21:21
  • Updated : 9 Apr 2020, 21:21

BRITS have gone potty for the UK’s first legal cannabis Easter egg.

It weighs in at 1kg (2.2lb) and tonight was sold out despite a £18.99 price tag.

The hand-crafted milk chocolate egg has a trippy, marbled design. It is filled with 71 per cent dark chocolate buttons laced with organic cold-pressed cannabis oil — which lacks psycho­active chemical THC.

Makers Body and Mind Botanicals claim the egg can relieve stress and anxiety and even help with pain relief.

They said it contains “all the inherent, supportive wellness benefits of legal cannabis, combined with a comforting hit of decadent dark chocolate.”

They added: “It also makes the perfect treat for individuals looking to self-care over the coming weeks.”

Cannabis oil can be beneficial in a variety of ways, from helping promote sleep to boosting appetite and reducing stress, anxiety and depression.

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However CBD products, while legal, have not been approved for use in the US and there are ­possible side effects including irritability and nausea.

The cannabis Easter egg comes in a green box featuring a logo of a woman surrounded by cannabis leaves and was available for home delivery. A 15g packet of the buttons alone with 25mg of CBD was still on sale last night for £3.99.

The firm also sells teas, balms and bath bombs with CBD.

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UK’s first ever legal cannabis Easter egg sells out – despite £18.99 price tag 9 Apr 2020, 21:21 Updated : 9 Apr 2020, 21:21 BRITS have gone potty for the UK’s first legal