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Published In: Introductio ad Historiam Naturalem 308–309. 1777. (Intr. Hist. Nat.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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


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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.

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1 Flowers less than 2.5 cm long, yellow, bud straight (2)
+ Flowers 5-10 cm long, red or white, bud falcate Sesbania grandiflora
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 aculeate (prickles on the stem)
+ Plant not aculeate Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr. var. sesban
4 (2) Fruit slightly curved, not torulose, pendulous. Stem aculeate; leaf 20-35 cm long Sesbania bispinosa
+ Fruit almost straight, torulose, not pendulous. Stem not aculeate; leaf 6-15 cm long Sesbania concolor
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