1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Sesbania Scop.
      1. Sesbania goetzei Harms

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca Leguminosae subfamily Papillionoideae by G.P. Lewis

    Indumentum
    Young stems densely and softly grey pubescent, not aculeate; older ones glabrescent and striate.
    Ovary
    Ovary sometimes speckled reddish-purple, strongly to sparsely pubescent to glabrescent along the upper margin; style glabrous to pubescent.
    Habit
    An erect, softly woody shrub to small tree 3–6 m tall, the trunk up to 12 cm in diameter. An erect, softly woody shrub to small tree 3–6 m tall, the trunk up to 12 cm in diameter.
    Stem
    Young stems densely and softly grey pubescent, not aculeate; older ones glabrescent and striate.
    Leaves
    Leaves (0.7)1.5–5.6 cm long; rachis pubescent; petioles 1.5–5 mm long, pubescent; leaflets in (3)4–8(12) pairs, (0.5)1–1.8 cm × (2)3–5 mm, oblong to oblong-elliptic, rounded to obtuse to emarginate at the apex, minutely apiculate, tapering to an asymmetrical base, pubescent on both surfaces; stipules 2–4 mm long, triangular-lanceolate to triangular-ovate, pubescent, caducous. Leaves (0.7)1.5–5.6 cm long; rachis pubescent; petioles 1.5–5 mm long, pubescent; leaflets in (3)4–8(12) pairs, (0.5)1–1.8 cm × (2)3–5 mm, oblong to oblong-elliptic, rounded to obtuse to emarginate at the apex, minutely apiculate, tapering to an asymmetrical base, pubescent on both surfaces; stipules 2–4 mm long, triangular-lanceolate to triangular-ovate, pubescent, caducous.
    Inflorescences
    Raceme axillary, 0.5–2.7 cm long, 1–2(rarely 4)-flowered, the rachis pubescent; peduncle 0.5–2 cm long, pubescent; pedicels (3)5–6(9) mm long, pubescent; bracts and bracteoles linear-lanceolate, caducous to rarely persistent, the bracts 3–4 mm long; bracteoles 1.5–2 mm long. Raceme axillary, 0.5–2.7 cm long, 1–2(rarely 4)-flowered, the rachis pubescent; peduncle 0.5–2 cm long, pubescent; pedicels (3)5–6(9) mm long, pubescent; bracts and bracteoles linear-lanceolate, caducous to rarely persistent, the bracts 3–4 mm long; bracteoles 1.5–2 mm long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 7–8 × 8 mm, the tube sparsely pubescent or occasionally glabrous; teeth 0.5–1 mm long, subulate, sparsely pubescent. Calyx 7–8 × 8 mm, the tube sparsely pubescent or occasionally glabrous; teeth 0.5–1 mm long, subulate, sparsely pubescent.
    Corolla
    Standard dark yellow with purple flecks and spots on outer face (sometimes without the purple markings on plants outside the Flora Zambesiaca area), 1.6–2.8 × 1.6–2.4 cm, suborbicular, deeply emarginate, appendages with free tips 3–4 mm long; wings yellow, 1.6–2.4 cm × 7–9 mm, with an obscure broadly-triangular upper basal tooth and prominent lamellate sculpturing in upper basal half on outer face; keel greenish-yellow, 1.6–2.4 cm × 8–10 mm, the basal tooth triangular, ± horizontal. Standard dark yellow with purple flecks and spots on outer face (sometimes without the purple markings on plants outside the Flora Zambesiaca area), 1.6–2.8 × 1.6–2.4 cm, suborbicular, deeply emarginate, appendages with free tips 3–4 mm long; wings yellow, 1.6–2.4 cm × 7–9 mm, with an obscure broadly-triangular upper basal tooth and prominent lamellate sculpturing in upper basal half on outer face; keel greenish-yellow, 1.6–2.4 cm × 8–10 mm, the basal tooth triangular, ± horizontal.
    Pistil
    Ovary sometimes speckled reddish-purple, strongly to sparsely pubescent to glabrescent along the upper margin; style glabrous to pubescent.
    Fruits
    Pod 14–21.5(26) cm × (2)4 mm, ± linear, slightly torulose, thicker at the centre than the margin, sometimes with prominent fracturing at right angles to the sutures when mature, glabrous, (26)30–46-seeded; septa 5–6 mm apart; sutures slightly thickened, 1 mm wide. Pod 14–21.5(26) cm × (2)4 mm, ± linear, slightly torulose, thicker at the centre than the margin, sometimes with prominent fracturing at right angles to the sutures when mature, glabrous, (26)30–46-seeded; septa 5–6 mm apart; sutures slightly thickened, 1 mm wide.
    Seeds
    Seeds greenish, olive-brown or orangish-brown, 2.5–3.5 × l.5–2 mm, 1–1.75 mm thick, subovoid to oblong, the hilum subcentral in a small circular pit surrounded by a rim aril. Seeds greenish, olive-brown or orangish-brown, 2.5–3.5 × l.5–2 mm, 1–1.75 mm thick, subovoid to oblong, the hilum subcentral in a small circular pit surrounded by a rim aril.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian halophytic vegetation, Somalia-Masai freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation, Somalia-Masai saline and brackish swamp., Zambezian freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub/Tree
    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Softly woody bush or small tree 3–6 m. tall, the trunk up to 12 cm. in diameter; young stems densely pubescent, never aculeate.
    Leaves
    Stipules triangular-ovate, pubescent, rather persistent; leaf-rhachis 1.5–4 cm. long, pubescent; leaflets in 4–8 or, rarely, up to 12 pairs, 10–16 mm. long, 3–5 mm. wide, pubescent on both surfaces.
    Inflorescences
    Raceme 1–2 (rarely–4)-flowered, pubescent; peduncle 0.5–2 cm. long; pedicel 3–6 mm. long; bracts and bracteoles linear-lanceolate, very caducous.
    Calyx
    Calyx sparsely pubescent or, less often, glabrous; receptacle-cup 2 mm. long; calyx-tube 4 mm. long; teeth acuminate, 1 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla yellow, the standard usually with, but rarely without, purple streaks and dots; blade of standard suborbicular, emarginate, 18–24 mm. long and wide; claw 4 mm.; appendages with free tips 3–4 mm. long, ± oblong, 1.2–1.5 mm. wide at the base; blade of wing 18 mm. long, 8–9 mm. wide, shortly hooked at the base; claw 6 mm. long, 3 mm. wide; blade of keel 8–12 mm. long, 6 mm. wide at the base and 8–10 mm. near the apex; basal tooth ± horizontal; claw 12 mm. long (fig. 49/3, p. 332).
    Stamens
    Filament-sheath 18–20 mm., free parts 3–5 mm., anthers 1.4–1.6 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary 30–45-ovulate, glabrous or sparsely pubescent; style glabrous, 6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod very slightly torulose, up to 26 cm. long and 4 mm. wide, thicker at the centre than at the margin; sutures 1 mm. wide; septa 5–6 mm. apart.
    Seeds
    Seeds green, not mottled, ± 4 × 2 × 1.7 mm.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

    Sesbania goetzei Harms appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Rayner, R.W. [368], Kenya 23712.000
    Goetze, W. [1115] K000393393

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 30: 327 (1901)

    Accepted by

    • Brummitt, R.K. & al. (2007). Flora Zambesiaca 3(3): 1-258. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • —Lewis in Kirkia 13: 22 (1988).
    • —Gillett in F.T.E.A., Legum., Pap.: 338 (1971).
    • —Gillett in Kew Bull. 17: 111 (1963)
    • —White, F.F.N.R.: 165 (1962).
    • —Baker f., Legum. Trop. Africa: 258 (1929).
    • —Phillips & Hutchinson in Bothalia 1: 42 (1921).
    • in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 30: 327 (1901).
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Brummitt, R.K. & al. (2007). Flora Zambesiaca 3(3): 1-258. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 165 (1962).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 375 (1961).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 441 (1949).
    • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 258 (1929).
    • Phil. & Hutch, in Bothalia 1: 42 (1921).
    • Harms in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 30: 327 (1901).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0