3747.000 Sesbania Scop.

Description of the genus

Erect, annual or briefly perennial, herbs, shrubs or small trees. Indumentum simple. Stipules and stipels usually present. Leaves paripinnate. Leaflets opposite or subopposite. Flowers in axillary racemes. Calyx campanulate, teeth subequal, shorter than tube. Corolla glabrous, the standard petal with variously shaped appendages. Stamens diadelphous, 1 free, the others with filaments which are joined below to form a sheath (the filament sheath) which encloses the style, and which are free above. Pod usually long, dehiscent, beaked, sometimes winged, transversely septate.

Derivation of name: from the Arabic name for Sesbania sesban

Worldwide: 50 species in warm regions of the world

Botswana: 14 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Azygophleps scalaris (Sesbania stem borer)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
bispinosa (Jacq.) W. F. Wight var. bispinosa N,SE
brevipedunculata J.B. GillettN
cinerascens BakerN
coerulescens HarmsDescription, Image
leptocarpa DC. var. leptocarpa
macowaniana SchinzN,SE
microphylla E. Phillips & Hutch.N
notialis J.B. GillettSE
pachycarpa DC.
rostrata Bremek. & Oberm.N
sesban (L.) Merr. var. nubica Chiov.NDescription, Image
tetraptera Hochst. ex Baker subsp. rogersii (E. Phillips & Hutch.) G.P. LewisN
tetraptera Hochst. ex Baker subsp. tetraptera
transvaalensis J.B. GillettSE

Other sources of information about Sesbania:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Sesbania
Flora of Malawi: Sesbania
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Sesbania
Flora of Mozambique: Sesbania
Flora of Zambia: Sesbania
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Sesbania
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sesbania
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sesbania

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sesbania
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sesbania
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sesbania
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesbania
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sesbania

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Sesbania.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=733, retrieved 14 November 2019

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