Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr.
var. nubica Chiov.

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Sesbania sesban var. nubica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zambian side - walk to 2nd embarcation point, Katombora, Zambezi

Sesbania sesban var. nubica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zambian side - walk to 2nd embarcation point, Katombora, Zambezi

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Synonyms: var. zambesiaca J.B. Gillett
Sesbania pubescens sensu R.E. Fries, non DC.
Sesbania punctata sensu Taubert, p.p. non DC.
Common names:
Status: Native
Soft-wooded, short-lived shrub or small tree.Stems, leaf rhachis, petioles and margins with sparse hairs but without prickles. Leaves paripinnate with 10-25 pairs of opposite leaflets. Flowers in many-flowered pendulous sprays, bright yellow. Pods cylindric, very slender, up to 30 cm long. Flowers and fruits often together on the same tree.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along streams and rivers, always near water.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Yemen, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
Growth form(s): Tree, annual, shrub over 2 m.
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Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 227 - 229.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 169.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 334. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 234. as Sesbania sesban

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 226.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 245. As Sesbania sesban subsp. sesban

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 51.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 154 - 155. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 72.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 213. as Sesbania sesban

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Flora of Botswana: Sesbania sesban var. nubica
Flora of Caprivi: Sesbania sesban var. nubica
Flora of Malawi: Sesbania sesban var. nubica
Flora of Mozambique: Sesbania sesban var. nubica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sesbania sesban var. nubica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sesbania sesban
African Plant Database: Sesbania sesban
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sesbania sesban
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sesbania sesban
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sesbania sesban
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sesbania sesban
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sesbania sesban
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Sesbania sesban
iNaturalist: Sesbania sesban
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesbania sesban
JSTOR Plant Science: Sesbania sesban
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sesbania sesban
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sesbania sesban
Plants of the World Online: Sesbania sesban
Tropicos: Sesbania sesban
Wikipedia: Sesbania sesban

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Sesbania sesban var. nubica., retrieved 25 June 2022

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