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Useful Tropical Plants

Sesbania madagascariensis

Du Puy & Labat

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Sesbania pubescens R.Vig.

Common Name:

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General Information

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[
1604
Title
New species and varieties in Sesbania (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae-Robinieae)from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands
Publication
Adansonia, sér. 3 - 1997 - 19(1) pp 93-99
Author
Labat J-N. & Du Puy D.J.
Publisher
 
Year
1997
ISBN
 
Description
 
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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)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1604
Title
New species and varieties in Sesbania (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae-Robinieae)from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands
Publication
Adansonia, sér. 3 - 1997 - 19(1) pp 93-99
Author
Labat J-N. & Du Puy D.J.
Publisher
 
Year
1997
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Africa - western Madagascar

Habitat

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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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
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0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height3.00 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. No more information is given.

Agroforestry Uses:

All species in this genus have potential for use as soil-improving ground cover plants that can greatly reduce soil erosion[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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.
Cuttings.
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