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Sesbania Adanson, Fam. 2:326. 1763. (as Sesban); Corr.Scopoli, Intr. 308. 1777, conserved name; Gillett in Kew Bull.7:91.1963; Baquar in Pak. J.Bot.1:131.1969.

Trees, shrubs or herbs. Leaf paripinnate, leaflets entire, stipels present or absent; stipules caducous. Inflorescence an axillary raceme. Pedicel present; bract and bracteoles mostly caducous. Calyx tube truncate or lobed or toothed, teeth subequal, shorter than the tube. Corolla glabrous. Stamens 9+1, vexillary stamen free, anthers uniform. Ovary often stipitate, ovules numerous, style in-curved, stigma capitate. Fruit long, dehiscent, transversely septate, 8-50-seeded.

A genus with about 55 species, widely distributed in the tropics and sub-tropics of the world.

1 Flowers 5-10 cm long, red or white, bud falcate   Sesbania grandiflora
+ Flowers less than 2.5 cm long, yellow, bud straight   (2)
2 (1) Perennial vexillar appendages free in the upper half, fruit twisted   (3)
+ Annual, vexillar appendages wholly adnate to the claw   (4)
3 (2) Plant not aculeate   Sesbania sesban var. sesban
+ Plant aculeate (prickles on the stem)   Sesbania sesban var. muricata
4 (2) Fruit almost straight, torulose, not pendulous. Stem not aculeate; leaf 6-15 cm long   Sesbania concolor
+ Fruit slightly curved, not torulose, pendulous. Stem aculeate; leaf 20-35 cm long   Sesbania bispinosa

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