Sesbania coerulescens Harms

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (1)

Sesbania coerulescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Common names: Blue river bean (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Annual herb, growing to the size of a shrub or small tree. Leaves pinnate with up to 46 pairs of oblong leaflets with fine hair-like tips. Flowers in lax axillary sprays, showy, lavender to deep blue. Pods long and slender, up to 30 cm, reddish-brown, somewhat constricted between the seeds.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet vleis, pans and edges of dams, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Tuesday 27 September 2005

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 229 - 231. (Includes a picture).

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

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


comments powered by Disqus

Other sources of information about Sesbania coerulescens:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sesbania coerulescens
Flora of Zambia: Sesbania coerulescens

External websites:

African Plant Database: Sesbania coerulescens
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Sesbania coerulescens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sesbania coerulescens
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sesbania coerulescens
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sesbania coerulescens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sesbania coerulescens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesbania coerulescens
Ispot Southern Africa : Sesbania coerulescens
JSTOR Plant Science: Sesbania coerulescens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sesbania coerulescens
Tropicos: Sesbania coerulescens
West African Plants database: Sesbania coerulescens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sesbania coerulescens., retrieved 25 October 2016

Site software last modified: 2 July 2016 1:03pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use