1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Sesbania Scop.
      1. Sesbania quadrata J.B.Gillett

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.

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    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation, Lake Victoria regional mosaic; freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect annual softly woody herb, 1–3 m. tall, the lateral branches not again branched; stems glabrous.
    Leaves
    Stipules linear-lanceolate, up to 8 mm. long, ± erect, sparsely pilose, caducous; leaf-rhachis usually minutely aculeate, sparsely pilose at its base and at the bases of the leaflets; leaflets in 6–30 pairs, up to 20 mm. long and 4 mm. wide, glabrous or sparsely pilose at the margins when young.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 5–12-flowered, glabrous or very sparsely pilose when young; rhachis 5–14 cm. long, including a 2–8 cm. long peduncle which is often minutely aculeate; pedicels up to 12 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx glabrous, except for the margin; receptacle 1.5 mm., tube 3.5 mm., teeth slightly acuminate, 1 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Blade of standard golden within, pale yellow and purple-flecked outside, widest above the middle, 15–18 mm. long, 12–14 mm. wide; basal appendages with narrowly triangular very slender free tips, 1.5–2 mm. long; claw 3.5–4.5 mm. long; blade of wing golden yellow, 14–18 mm. long, 4 mm. wide, hooked at the base; claw 4–4.5 mm.; blade of keel pale yellow, 9.5–12 mm. long, 3.5 mm. wide at the base and 5 mm. near the apex; basal tooth ± 1 mm. long, forming an angle of 0–20° with the 7.5–8.5 mm. long claw.
    Stamens
    Filament-sheath (12–)13–16(–18) mm., free parts 3–5 mm., anthers 0.9 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary glabrous, tetragonous, 30–50-ovulate; style glabrous, 4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod usually slightly curved, dark-spotted between the seeds, hardly torulose when mature, 10–18 cm. long, 2.5–3 mm. wide, ± 1.9 mm. thick at the sutures and no more at the centre, thus oblong in cross-section, slightly grooved down the middle; septa 5–5.5 mm. apart.
    Seeds
    Seeds green, densely and minutely purple-spotted, 3–3.5 × 1.5–2 × ± 1.6 mm.; hilum 0.3 mm. long.
    Figures
    Fig. 51/1–10, p. 346.
    Habitat
    Temporarily flooded places; 200–1600 m.; rainfall 500–1000 mm.
    Distribution
    K1 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T7 U1 NW. Somali Republic, Harar Province of Ethiopia

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda

    Sesbania quadrata J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 31, 1960 Michelmore [1117], Tanzania K000393386 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 17: 124 (1963)

    Accepted by

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 17: 124, fig. 2 (1963).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    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