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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect branching semi-woody herb 0.5–1.5 m. tall, the stems almost glabrous, usually aculeate.
    Leaves
    Stipules caducous, narrowly triangular, up to 5 mm. long, almost glabrous; leaf-rhachis up to 6 cm. long, usually aculeate, sparsely pilose at the base and at the bases of the leaflets; leaflets in 7–15 pairs, oblong, up to 13 mm. long and 4.5 mm. wide, glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 3–6-flowered, glabrous, or sparsely pilose when young; rhachis up to 4 cm. long including a peduncle of up to 2 cm., which is not aculeate; pedicels glabrous, 6–10 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx glabrous except for the margin; receptacle 1.5 mm., tube 3.5 mm., teeth broadly acuminate, 1 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Blade of standard elliptic, 12–18 mm. long, 12–19 mm. wide; appendages with free tips 0.5–1.8 mm. long (fig. 49/9b, p. 332); claw 4–5 mm. long; blade of wing 12–17 mm. long, 4–7 mm. wide, shortly hooked at the base; claw 3–4 mm. long; blade of keel 7–10 mm. long, 4–5 mm. wide at the base and 6–7 mm. near the apex; basal tooth at an angle of 0°–40° with the 8–10 mm. long claw (fig. 49/9a).
    Stamens
    Filament-sheath 13–17 mm., free parts 3–5 mm., anthers 0.8–1 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary glabrous, 20–35-ovulate; style glabrous, 3–4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod almost straight, not or hardly torulose, 8–14 cm. long, ± 2.5 mm. wide, 2 mm. thick at the centre, less at the sutures, with a beak 2–3 mm. long, 18–25-seeded; septa 5–6 mm. apart.
    Seeds
    Seeds somewhat mottled, ± 4 × 1.8 × 1.2 mm.; hilum 0.3 mm. long.
    Habitat
    Temporarily flooded areas; 300–1050 m.; rainfall 400–500 mm.
    Distribution
    K1
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 1, 1988 Eagleton, G. [65], Somalia K000511701
    Oct 12, 1961 Gillett, J.B. [4350], Somalia K000511696
    Oct 11, 1961 Gillett, J.B. [13258], Kenya K000511689
    Jan 21, 1961 Bally, P.R.O. [10189], Somalia K000511699
    Jan 21, 1961 Glover, P.E. [637], Somalia K000511698
    Jan 1, 1960 Keogh, R.E. [140], Somalia K000511697
    Gillett, J.B. [19197], Kenya K000511688
    Peck, E.F. [61], Somalia K000511700
    Magogo, F.C. [1429], Kenya K000511690
    Drake-Brockman, R.E. [1048], Somalia K000511691
    Drake-Brockman, R.E. [1027], Somalia K000511692
    Drake-Brockman, R.E. [1047], Somalia K000511693
    Drake-Brockman, R.E. [1053], Somalia K000511694
    Drake-Brockman, R.E. [1054], Somalia K000511695
    Hemming, C. [1544], Ethiopia K000393404 holotype
    Hemming, C. [1544], Ethiopia K000393405 holotype
    Kirika, P. [04], Kenya K000511687

    First published in Kew Bull. 17: 123 (1963)

    Accepted by

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 17: 123 (1963).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill
    • Gillett, J. B. (1963). Kew Bull. 17:91-159. Sesbania in Africa (excl. Madagascar

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    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