Synonyms: Sesbania punicea, Sesbania tripetii, Daubentonia punicea
Common names: scarlet wisteria; red sesbania; rattlebox; Chinese wisteria
Sesbania punicea (red sesbania, scarlet wisteria) is a deciduous shrub or small tree (family Fabaceae), up to 4 meters tall. Sesbania punicea is mostly found in riparian areas in the Central Valley, forming clusters so thick that access to the river becomes difficult to impossible. It displaces native plants used by wildlife and contributes to bank erosion and flooding.Rating: High
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