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  Sesbania sesban
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr., Philipp. J. Sci. 7: 235. 1912; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 87. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 155. 1984; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 200. 1990; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 243. 1992. Aeschynomene sesban L., Sp. Pl. 714. 1753. Sesbania aegyptiaca Poir. in Lam., Encycl. 7: 128. 1806; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 114. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 323(228). 1918. Sesban aegyptiacum Baker in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 114. 1876.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kedangu, Nellithali, Shempa
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Common sesban, Egyptian rattle pod
  Description: A quick-growing, short-lived shrub or small tree upto 6 m tall with soft wood; young shoots striate, green, puberulent. Leaves 7.5-15 cm long including rachis, paripinnate; stipules 3-7 mm long, linear, acute, caducous; leaflets 7-28 pairs, opposite, 0.6-2.5 cm long and 0.3-0.6 cm wide, linear-oblong, glabrous, margins entire, apex obtuse and often faintly apiculate, puberulous when young, petiolules minute. Flowers 1.2-1.5 cm long, borne in 3-20 flowered, lax, axillary racemes to 14 cm long; calyx 5 mm long, campanulate, 5-nerved, teeth deltoid, shorter than the tube; corolla yellow, standard orbicualr with 2 keel-like appendages, sometimes spotted red or purple on the back, wings falcate-oblong with a minute auricle at the top of the claw, keel straight, obtuse, its petals with a small recurved auricle above the claw. Fruits(pods) 12-23 cm long and 2.5-3.8 mm in diam, cylindrical, pendulous, twisted, slightly torulose, sharply beaked, septate between the seeds, 20-30-seeded.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Kollam, Malappuram, Kozhikkode
  Habitat: Marshy fields, mangroves and wastelands
  Distribution: Native of Tropical Africa and Asia; now cultivated and naturalised in the tropics
  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:
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