Sesbania Adanson, Fam. 2:326. 1763. (as Sesban); Corr.Scopoli, Intr. 308. 1777, conserved name; Gillett in Kew Bull.7:91.1963; Baquar in Pak. J.Bot.1:131.1969.
Trees, shrubs or herbs. Leaf paripinnate, leaflets entire, stipels present or absent; stipules caducous. Inflorescence an axillary raceme. Pedicel present; bract and bracteoles mostly caducous. Calyx tube truncate or lobed or toothed, teeth subequal, shorter than the tube. Corolla glabrous. Stamens 9+1, vexillary stamen free, anthers uniform. Ovary often stipitate, ovules numerous, style in-curved, stigma capitate. Fruit long, dehiscent, transversely septate, 8-50-seeded.
A genus with about 55 species, widely distributed in the tropics and sub-tropics of the world.