Sesbania pubescens R.Vig.
Sesbania madagascariensis is an erect, short-lived, perennial plant with stems that become more or less woody and persist; t can grow up to 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The main threat to Sesbania madagascariensis is habitat loss caused by annual wildfire. However, the plant has a wide range and is not known to have a declining population. It is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
Africa - western Madagascar
Found in dry, subarid and subhumid bioclimates, where it grows in grassland, freshwater wetlands and anthropic vegetation on sand and clay soils; at elevations up to 950 metres[
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The plant is used medicinally[
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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[
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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