Sesbania herbacea
(formerly: S. exaltata)
  • LEAVES: alternate, deciduous, pinnately compound; may be 2 feet long; many small leaflets (20-70)
  • FLOWER: racemes of 2 to 6 yellow, pea-like flowers
  • FRUIT: legume, up to 8 inches long, very narrow, less than 5 mm
  • FORM: annual plant, to about 2 meters
  • HABITAT: margins of fresh water marsh, river banks, levees in salt marshes, fields and disturbed sites
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Wetland (FACW): Usually occurs in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: Piedmont and coastal plain from New York to Florida to Texas
  • USES: limited use; seeds are poisonous to humans; it is often considered a weed in agricultural fields, and in areas managed for waterfowl
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. pinnately compound leaves with many leaflets
    2. racemes with 2 to 6 yellow flowers
    3. long, narrow legume