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Rattlebox Sesbania punicea

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Daubentonia punicea
Phonetic Spelling
ses-BAN-ee-uh pun-IK-ee-uh
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Deciduous shrub or small tree; leaves alternate, pinnately divided with 6-20 pairs of leaflets with smooth margins; flowers pea-like, red-orange or reddish purple, in drooping clusters; fruit a 4-winged pod with slight constrictions and partitions between the seeds

Poison Delivery Mode: Ingestion.

Severity: HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!

Found in:  Weedy in disturbed areas, roadsides, ditches; landscape as ornamental, naturalized in some areas of the Coastal Plain.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sesbania
    Species:
    punicea
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South America
    Distribution:
    Coastal Plain
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    fruit a 4-winged pod with slight constrictions and partitions between the seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Description:
    flowers pea-like, red-orange or reddish purple, in drooping clusters
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    leaves alternate, pinnately divided with 6-20 pairs of leaflets with smooth margins
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, depression, respiratory failure; may be fatal.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Saponic glycosides.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Seeds