Sesbania sesban

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr.
  • Common Name : Shevari, Jayanti, Raysinghani
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Sesbania sesban Plant :

  • Habit : An erect, soft-wooded shrub with branches glabrous or nearly so, unarmed.
  • Leaves : Deep green in colour, stipules deciduous. Leaflets 20-30, membranous, glabrous, linear-oblong, obtuse.
  • Inflorescence : Pendulous racemes.
  • Flowers :
    • Yellow with ochre or brown spots outside.
    • Calyx membranous, glabrous.
    • Corolla mottled with brown or purplish spots.
  • Fruit :
    • Pods pendulous, 15-18 cm long, 4-6 mm thick, slightly torulose.
    • Seeds 20-30.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : After the monsoon.
  • Significance :
    • The fresh leaves are eaten as a vegetable.
    • The seeds are astringent.
    • The seeds prepared with ointments are used in the treatment of itch and other skin affections.