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Sesbania drummondii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Leguminosae
Subfamily: Fabaceae
Tribe: Sesbanieae
Genus: Sesbania

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  • Aeschynomene Schreb. 1770
  • Aeschynomene Jacq. 1792
  • Agati Adans.
  • Darwinia Raf.
  • Daubentonia DC.
  • Daubentoniopsis Rydb.
  • Glottidium Desv.
  • Sesban Adans.

Sesbania is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, and the only genus found in tribe Sesbanieae. Riverhemp is a common name for plants in this genus.[2] Notable species include the rattlebox (Sesbania punicea), spiny sesbania (Sesbania bispinosa), and Sesbania sesban, which is used in cooking. Plants of this genus, some of which are aquatic, can be used in alley cropping to increase the soil's nitrogen content. The species of rhizobia responsible for nitrogen fixation in Sesbania rostrata is Azorhizobium caulinodans.

Some 60 species are currently accepted, with about 39 still unresolved. The largest number of species are found in Africa, and the remainder in Australia, Hawaii, and Asia. [3]

List of species[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Genus: Sesbania Scop.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Sesbania". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "The distribution of Sesbania species in the PANESA region". 
  4. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Sesbania". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Sesbania". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 

External links[edit]

  • Data related to Sesbania at Wikispecies
  • Media related to Sesbania at Wikimedia Commons