Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Scarlet Wisteria-tree - Sesbania punicea   (Cavanilles) Bentham
Members of Sesbania with account distribution info or public map:
Google Images
Section 6 » Order Fabales » Family Fabaceae
Show/Hide Synonym
Author(Cavanilles) Bentham
DistributionMostly Outer Banks/barrier islands and outer Coastal Plain, inland to the Sandhills of Richmond County.

Native of South America; in N.A. southeastern VA to FL and eastern TX; CA.
AbundanceFrequent, except uncommon to rare in Columbus, Robeson, and Richmond counties.
HabitatMoist to seasonally inundated soils of roadside ditches, disturbed ground, clearings, marshes, interdune swales, impoundments.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-October.
IdentificationThis is a very showy plant in bloom! It grows generally 4-6 feet tall, usually single-stemmed, with ascending branches forming an open crown. The leaves are cut into 6-20 pairs of narrowly elliptical leaflets, the terminal leaflet absent. Flowers grow in a raceme on a long stalk from leaf axil, bright scarlet (to red). The pods are 5-8 cm long, strongly 4-winged, and with a sharp tip.
Taxonomic CommentsAlso known as Daubentonia punicea.

Other Common Name(s)
State RankSE
Global RankG4
State Status
US Status
County Map - click on a county to view source of record.
Select a source
Select an occurrence type