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Sesbania sesban

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Sesbania sesban

Common name(s)         

munyongo (KAM)

Family

Leguminosae

Natural range

Cape Verde; Mauritania; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Mali; Burkina Faso; Ghana; Niger; Chad; Togo; Benin; Nigeria; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Egypt; Sudan; South Sudan; Ethiopia; Somalia; Uganda; Burundi; Rwanda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Kenya; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Angola; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Mozambique; Botswana; Swaziland; South Africa; Namibia

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Small, up to 9 m

Stem

Soft-wooded

Bark

Light brown

Leaves

Compound

Flowers

Yellow with purple spots

Fruits

Long, thin to 30 cm x 0.4 cm

Seeds

Small, nearly round; 20-30 in a pod

Uses

Fodder, firewood

Seed collection

 

 

Time of year

Any

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Good
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Soil media

1:1:1 peat, sand, perlite; otherwise easy in soil

Pretreatment

None

Depth sown

3 cm

Environment

Greenhouse 22-25C / under shade in ambient conditions 17-20C

Dark/light conditions

Not known

Expected success rate

90%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

9 months / when reached 0.2m

Shade requirements

Plant in full sun

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Very fast >1m/yr

Expected survival rate

80%

PlantSearch link

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This information was provided by Brackenhurst Botanic Garden, Kenya. For further information, or to
buy seeds or seedlings of this species, please contact: mjlni@yahoo.com Tel: +254 729 638 738