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Sesbania grandiflora Agati Toroy, Turi, Tuwi Fabaceae


Sesbania grandiflora, Agati Fabaceae,  toroy, turi, tuwi

Sesbania grandiflora is a loosely branching tree up to 15 m tall. Its leaves are pinnately compound up to 30 cm long with 20-50 leaflets in pairs, dimensions 12-44 x 5-15 mm, oblong to elliptical in shape. Flowers are large, white, yellowish, rose pink or red with a calyx 15-22 mm long. The standard has dimensions up to 10.5 x 6 cm. Pods are long (20-60 cm) and thin (6-9 mm) with broad sutures containing 15-50 seeds.
The flowers and young leaves of S. grandiflora are edible and are often used to supplement meals Tender pods may also be eaten as vegetables. Medical use: The dried leaves of both S. grandiflora and S. sesban are used in some countries as a tea which is considered to have antibiotic, anti-helminthic, anti-tumour and contraceptive properties.the root is a well known medicine for malaria.Flower serves as emollient .