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  Sesbania bispinosa
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Sesbania bispinosa (Jacq.) Wight, U.S.D.A. Bur. Pl. Industr. Bull. No. 137. 15. 1909; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 171. 1990; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 242. 1992; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 153. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 221. 1997; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 238. 2009. Aeschynomene bispinosa Jacq., Ic. Pl. Rar. 3: 13. t. 564. 1793. Sesbania aculeata (Willd.) Poir. in Lam., Encycl. 7: 128. 1806; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 114. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 323(228). 1918. Coronilla aculeata Willd., Sp. Pl. 3:1147.1803.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kilannu, Kitamu, Daincha
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Prickly sesban, Dhaincha
  Description: An erect, sparsely-branched annual shrub upto 3 m tall; stems semi-woody; branches and leaf rachises more or less prickly. Leaves pinnate; rachis 15-35 cm long; stipules membranous, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, 0.6-1 cm long; leaflets 10-50 pairs, linear-oblong, 0.5-2 cm long and 2-5 mm wide, apex obtuse, mucronate, base acute, glabrous on both surfaces. Flowers 1-1.3 cm long, borne on 3-6 flowered drooping racemes; peduncles slender; pedicels 6 mm long, filiform; calyx 3-4 mm long, membranous, glabrous, teeth deltoid, much shorter than the tube; corolla 10-13 mm long, yellow usually with red dots on the back of the glabrous standard. Fruit(pod) 15-23 cm long and c.2 mm in diam, straight or slightly curved with slightly indented margins, 35-40 seeded.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: July-December
  District(s): Alappuzha, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Marshy fields in the plains
  Distribution: Pantropical
  Aquatic: Yes
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Peechi, Vazhachal, Karivara slopes, Pathirapally, Vadapuram
   
 
   
 
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