Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Sesbania punicea (Cav.) Benth.
red sesbania, coffee weed, rattlepod, purple sesbane, false poinciana, rattlebox, Brazilian glory pea
Highly Invasive, Major problem species
Origin: South America (Southern Brazil, Uruguay and North Eastern Argentina)
Growth Form: Tree/shrub
Plant Description: Plant: Deciduous shrub or small tree up to 4 m high with many slender branches. Leaves: Dark green, drooping, 100–200 mm long, pinnate; leaflets oblong, ending in tiny, pointed tips. Flowers: Red or orange (A), ± 20 mm long, showy, in dense sprays up to 250 mm long that droop or project outwards, September–March. Fruit: Characteristic brown pods, longitudinally four-winged, oblong, 60–80 mm long x 10 mm wide, tip sharply pointed, containing 4–10 seeds separated by cross-partitions.
Key Features:
Control: slashing induces vigorous regrowth, sprayed or physically removed, after spring flush
More information:
Weeds & Invasive Plants Home Page
NRCS Plants Database

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Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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