Flower and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, N of Innaminka, SA

Flowers and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, unnamed photographer, place unknown

Common Name

Sesbania Pea, Yellow Pea-bush




Annual forb to 3m tall. Leaves alternating up the stems, compound, composed of 20-90 leaflets. Leaflets each 0.5-20mm long, 1-4mm wide, flat, hairy when young, becoming hairless, tips blunt or with a short point. The main stalk of the leaves sometimes minutely prickly. Flowers pea-shaped, with 5 petals, 2 almost joined together, yellow to orange-yellow, the upright petal often streaked or spotted with purple on the back. Flowers in racemes of 1-6 flowers, arising from the bases of the leaves. Vulnerable Vic (as Sesbania cannabina var. cannabina).

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 411

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