Sesbania sinuo-carinata Ali
Sesbania pachycarpa is an erect semi-woody annual or biennal plant that can grow 100 - 250cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of fibre. It is sometimes cultivated as a green manure crop.
Tropical Africa - Mauritania to Eritraea, south to Namibia and Zimbabwe
Temporary swamps; Sorghum and Arachis fields; river-sides; humid places; sandy-clayey hollows; roadsides; deep soil on plateau; damp sandy thickets; at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Seeds - cooked[335,1605].
The seed contains around 16% of an oil[
]. The oil contains high proportions of linoleic and oleic acid as well as palmitic and linolenic acid[
The bark is a component of folk medicine[
Sporadically cultivated in Africa as green manure[
The bark fibres are used[
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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