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  Sesbania grandiflora
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Poir. in Lam., Encycl. 7: 127. 1806; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 115. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 323(228). 1918; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 244. 1992; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 104. 1999; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 239. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 316. 2009. Robinia grandiflora L., Sp. Pl. 722. 1753. Agati grandiflora (L.) Desv., J. Bot. (Desv.) 3: 120. 1814.
  Malayalam Name(s): Agathicheera, Agathi, Agasthi, Argathi, Basna, Rudramaram
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Basna, Humming bird tree, Sesban
  Description: Small soft-wooded trees; up to 7 m tall; branchlets pubescent. Leaves 18-30 cm long; leaflets 12-25 pairs, 1.5-3.5 x 0.6-1.2 cm, oblong, base rounded, apex obtuse, emarginate, glabrous to appressed-pubescent on both surfaces, glaucous beneath; stipules 5-8 mm long, ovate. Racemes to 8 cm long, lax, 2-4-flowered. Flowers 7.5-10 cm long, pendulous; pedicels to 2 cm long; bracts and bracteoles 3-4 mm long, linear-oblong. Calyx 2-3 cm long, campanulate; lobes triangular. Corolla pink or white, 7.5 -10 cm long; standard to 10 x 6 cm, reflexed. Staminal sheath 3.5-6 cm long. Pods 30-45 cm long, 5-8 mm wide, slender, falcate or straight. Seeds c. 30, reddish-brown.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: June-September
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Cultivated and naturalised in Tropical Africa and Asia, probably native of Indonesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Ollavayal, Cherthala
   
 
   
 
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