Bicolor Sesban
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Bicolor Sesban
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Bicolor Sesban
Botanical name: Sesbania sesban var. bicolor    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Sesbania aegyptiaca var. bicolor

Bicolor Sesban is a small, often multi-stemmed tree, growing to 4-8 m high. Its leaves are pinnately compound, 2-18 cm long with 6-27 pairs of linear oblong leaflets (26 x 5 mm). The raceme has 2-20 pea-shaped flowers. Calyx and standard are purplish black, wings and keel partly purplish black or red; corolla standard callus blunt at tip. Pods are nearly cylindrical, straight or slightly curved up to 30 cm long and 5 mm wide containing 10-50 seeds. Bicolor Sesban is native to India.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Palladam, Tamil Nadu.

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