Sesbania arabica Hochst. & Steud. ex E.Phillips & Hutch.
Sesbania hepperi J.B.Gillett
Sesbania dalzielii auct.
Sesbania sudanica is an erect plant with stems that sometimes become somewhat woody; it can grow 1 - 5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its fibre.
Tropical Africa - subsaharan regions from Guinea and Mali to Sudan and Ethiopia
Acacia and tall grass open forest zone; grassland; moist depressions with Oryza in broad-leaved deciduous woodland; low lying clay soil near river; swampy places; roadside gutter; savannah and savannah forest[
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All species in this genus have potential for use as soil-improving ground cover plants that can greatly reduce soil erosion[
A fibre is obtained from the stems[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
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