Sesbania coerulescens Harms

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Sesbania coerulescens

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Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Sesbania hockii De Wild.
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.
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Habitat: In wet vleis, pans and edges of dams, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
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Images last updated: Tuesday 27 September 2005

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 229 - 231. (Includes a picture).

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

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.

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

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sesbania coerulescens., retrieved 28 May 2024

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