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 Sesbania subsp. var.  
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Sesbania is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae. Notable species include the Rattlebox (Sesbania drummondii), 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.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sesbania (from Sesban, the Arabian name of S. aegyptiaca). Syns., Daubentonia, Glottidium. Leguminosae. Herbs or shrubs, sometimes arborescent, but short-lived, suitable for the warm- and coolhouse, and for outdoor planting in the far South.

Leaves abruptly pinnate; lfts. many-paired, very entire; stipels minute or none: racemes axillary, lax; fls. yellow, red-purple, variegated, or white, slender-pedicelled; calyx broad, tube truncate, toothed or sub-equally lobed; standard orbiculate or ovate, spreading or reflex, wings falcate-oblong, keel incurved, obtuse or obtusely acuminate, with long claws; stamens free from the standard; ovary often stipitate: legume linear or rarely oblong, compressed, 4-angled or 4-winged.— About 30 species, widely distributed in the warmer regions of both hemispheres. CH

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