Sesbania (weeds)

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Sesbania (weeds) Scop.

This genus is widely distributed in warmer regions and contains around 60 species of leguminous herbs or shrubs, including some trees. Several species are important agricultural weeds like the North American hemp sesbania, Sesbania herbacea, which affects crops like soybean, cotton and rice.

The species have compound leaves with oval leaflets. The flowers and pods grow at the end of the branches. The flowers are up to 3 cm long and typically yellow. The pods are often very long. They contain up to 50 seeds and are divided by walls. The seeds are up to 5 mm wide and have a round hilum.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: