sesbania

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sesbania any of various plants of the genus Sesbania having pinnate leaves and large showy pea-like flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sesbania A genus of leguminous plants, of the tribe Galegeæ and subtribe Robinieæ. It is characterized by a beardless style with a small stigma, and a long linear and compressed roundish or four-winged pod which is within divided by cross-partitions between the seeds. There are about 30 species, widely dispersed through warm regions of both hemispheres. They are herbs or shrubs, or small short-lived trees, bearing abruptly pinnate leaves with numerous and entire leaflets, and loose axillary racemes of yellow, white, or purplish flowers on slender pedicels. They are known as swamp pea-tree. S. macrocarpa, a smooth annual of the southern United States, bears very slender pendulous and curving pods about a foot long, and yellow and red purple-dotted flowers; it is thought to be the source of the fiber known as Colorado-river hemp. For S. Ægyptiaca, see sesban and jyntee. For other species, see pea-tree, 2, and dhunchee.
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Usage

In literature:

Those facing the north were called Oondooroo, Manuka, Sesbania and Werna.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
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