Hemp Sesbania

Scientific Name - Sesbania exaltata (Raf.) Cory
S. macrocarpa Muhl.
Family - Leguminosae

Tall summer annual with smooth stems. Leaves compound, to 1 foot (30cm) long. Leaflets even numbered, 20 to 70 per leaf. Young leaves clustered at tip of main stem nearly hairless. Flowers, yellow, often with purple spots. Fruit a long narrow pod. Reproduces by seed. Found along roadsides, pastures, fields and other moist disturbed areas. Occurs from Massachusetts south through Florida, and west to Texas, South Dakota, Arizona, and California. Also found in northern Mexico.