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  Sesbania sericea
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Sesbania sericea (Willd.) Link, Enum. Hort. Berol. 2:244. 1822. Coronilla sericea Willd., Enum. Pl. 773. 1809. Sesbania pubescens DC., Prodr. 2: 265. 1825.
  Malayalam Name(s): Shempa
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Silky sesban, Papagayo
  Description: Annual or biennial shrubs, 1–3 m high, pubescent silky when young; angles of stems often with minute prickles . Leaves pinnate, leaf-rhachis 10–15 cm. long,; leaflets 20–25 pairs, to 20 x 4 mm; stipules ligulate-lanceolate, erect, ± 5 mm long, caducous. Racemes axillary, 2–6-flowered, the rhachis to 5 cm long, softly silky pilose; pedicels sparsely pilose, to 5 mm long. Calyx glabrous except at the base and the margin; tube 2–3 mmlong, teeth triangular, subulate at apex, 0.7 mm long. Standard petal yellow with a few flecks of violet, cordate at base, 8–10 x 6 mm, emarginate; appendages very narrow, claw 2 mm. long; wing petals 5–6 x 3–3.5 mm/claw 2.5 mm; keel petals 3 mm long, incurved, 4–5 mm wide, the basal tooth obscure, claw 4–5 mm long . Stamens diadelphous; filament-sheath 6–8 mm, free parts incurved, 2–3 mm; anthers 0.4 mm long. Ovary glabrous; style glabrous, 2 mm long. Pod straight or slightly curved, not torulose, to 15 cm long;, seeds 15–30, brown.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-June
  District(s): Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Along roadsides and fallow land
  Distribution: Native of Arabia and Africa, introduced elsewhere.
  Aquatic: No
  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
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