3747.000 Sesbania Scop.

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3)

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

Malawi: 10 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Azygophleps scalaris (Sesbania stem borer)
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Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
bispinosa (Jacq.) W. F. Wight var. bispinosa S
goetzei Harms subsp. goetzei S
leptocarpa DC. var. leptocarpa S
macrantha Welw. ex E. Phillips & Hutch. var. macrantha N,C,S
macrantha Welw. ex E. Phillips & Hutch. var. levis J.B. GillettC,SDescription, Image
rostrata Bremek. & Oberm.N,S
sericea (Willd.) LinkS
sesban (L.) Merr. var. nubica Chiov.N,C,SDescription, Image
tetraptera Hochst. ex Baker subsp. rogersii (E. Phillips & Hutch.) G.P. LewisS
tetraptera Hochst. ex Baker subsp. tetraptera S

Other sources of information about Sesbania:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sesbania
Flora of Caprivi: Sesbania
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated 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:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sesbania
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sesbania
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sesbania
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sesbania
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Sesbania
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesbania
JSTOR Plant Science: Sesbania
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sesbania
Plants of the World Online: Sesbania
Tropicos: Sesbania
Wikipedia: Sesbania

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Sesbania.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=733, retrieved 13 April 2024

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