Sesbania punicea

Photo courtesy Frank Wallace

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.

Cal-IPC Rating: High

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

  • Robison, R., D. Pooley, et al. (2011). Population expansion and regional management of red sesbania (Sesbania punicea) in California. . Cal-IPC 2011 Symposium. Tahoe City, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
  • May, L., S. Lucas, et al. (2005). Dry Creek Watershed red sesbania control project - Initial successes and challenges. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2005. Chico, CA.
  • Connick, S. and M. Gerel (2004). Partnering to prevent invasions of plants of horticultural origin. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.
  • Carruthers, R. and J. Buettner (2003). Biocontrols: Progress and ongoing needs. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Dudly, T. (2003). Riparian invaders: A multi-species approach. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Hunter, J. C., J. C. Sterling, et al. (2003). The abundance and distribution of non-native woody species in Sacramento Valley riparian zones. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Tu, M. and J. M. Randall (2003). 2003 Cal-IPC red alert! New invasions, recent expansions, and a few others to be on the look-out For. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Platenkamp, G. A. J. and J. C. Hunter (2003). Ecological and hydraulic effects of red sesbania (Sesbania punicea) invasion of riparian areas in California. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Tu, M. and J. M. Randall (2002). 2002 Red alert! New introductions and recent expansions in California. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium 2002. Sacramento, CA.

Other Sesbania punicea Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution information with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.