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Species Aeschynomene indica
Author L.
Family Fabaceae
Weed Type Broadleaf
General Habit Generally annual but sometimes perennial, 0.3 to 2.5 m tall.
Stem Mostly slender, about 5 mm wide at the base, but sometimes thick and spongy and up to 2.5 cm wide, pubescent with rather sparse, tubercular-based, sometimes glandular hairs.
Leaf Leaves sometimes sensitive, 16- to 50- (sometimes 70) foliate. Leaflets linear-oblong, 0.3 to 1.3 cm long, 1 to 3 mm wide, rounded and mucronate at the apex, obliquely rounded at the base, entire or very finely serrulate, glabrous. Stipules elliptic-lanceolate, straight, spurred, 0.3 to 1.5 cm long, 1 to 3.5 mm wide, deciduous.
Inflorescence Inflorescences leaf opposed or axillary, one- to six-flowered. Rachis 1.5 to 6 cm long. Peduncle 0.8 to 2.1 cm long. Pedicel 1 to 2 and finally up to 8 cm long. Calyx glabrous, two lipped, the lips oblong, 4 to 6 mm long, 2 to 3 mm wide. Standard yellow or whitish, mostly lined and suffused with red outside, or purplish, elliptic, 0.7 to 1 cm long, 4 to 7 mm wide. Wings and keel greenish white or pale yellow, the petals of the keel not laciniate.
Fruit Pod linear, straight or slightly curved, 2.4 to 4.8 cm long excluding the 6 to 9 mm stipe, 5 to 13 jointed, one suture more or less straight, the other slightly constructed between the articles. Articles oblong, 3 to 5 mm long and as wide, compressed with sparse, short, tubercular-based hairs, central part rose.
Seed Seed dark olive-black or brownish, oblong, slightly beaked near the eccentric small hilum, 2.8 x 2.55 mm, 1.3 to 1.8 mm thick (Gillett, Polhill and Verdcourt, 1971).
Biology Annual plant multiplying by seed.
Ecology Mostly found in wet and muddy places on flood plains, in seasonal swamps and around the margins of more permanent swamps into quite dry country. Often growing together with Sesbania spp. and Acacia nilotica subsp. tomentosa. In Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, it is among the pioneering annuals that colonize paddy fields when cultivation stops. It occurs from sea level to 1500 m altitude. Occurring on deep clay soils subject to flooding and to water logging.
World Distribution Widespread in tropical Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia and from northern Somalia southward to the Transvaal and Namibia, throughout the South Sahelian and Sudanian ecozones and also on Sao Tome and Madagascar. Widespread also in tropical and subtropical Asia, Australia and North America. In Australia, it occurs as far south as northern New South Wales and the northern parts of the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. The North American material is often identified as A. evenia. However, Rudd (1959) states that the two are distinct species, both of which occur in North America.
Local weediness Senegal: Rare but abondant when present.
Global control Management options:
Uses Sometimes utilized as green manure; could be utilized as a fodder crop in rotation with rice, or to make use of water logged depressions for biomass production of green manure.
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