Invasive Species Compendium

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Sesbania cannabina
(corkwood tree)



Sesbania cannabina (corkwood tree)


  • Last modified
  • 19 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Sesbania cannabina
  • Preferred Common Name
  • corkwood tree
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Sesbania cannabina

Preferred Common Name

  • corkwood tree

Other Scientific Names

  • Aeschynomene aculeata Schreb.
  • Aeschynomene bispinosa Jacq.
  • Sesban aculeatus Poir., nom. illeg.
  • Sesbania aculeata (PERS.) POIR.
  • Sesbania bispinosa (Jacq.) W.F.Wight
  • Sesbania paludosa JACQ.

International Common Names

  • English: Dhunchee fibre tree; Sesbania pea

Local Common Names

  • Cuba: polizón
  • India: daincha; dhaincha; dunchi

EPPO code

  • SEBBI (Sesbania bispinosa)
  • SEBCA (Sesbania cannabina)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Fabales
  •                         Family: Fabaceae
  •                             Subfamily: Faboideae
  •                                 Genus: Sesbania
  •                                     Species: Sesbania cannabina

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Planted Reference Notes


BotswanaPresentCABI (Undated)
ComorosPresentCABI (Undated)
EswatiniPresentCABI (Undated)
KenyaPresentCABI (Undated)
MadagascarPresentCABI (Undated)
MalawiPresentCABI (Undated)
MauritiusPresentCABI (Undated)
MozambiquePresentCABI (Undated)
NamibiaPresentCABI (Undated)
NigeriaPresentCABI (Undated)
SeychellesPresentCABI (Undated)
SomaliaPresentCABI (Undated)
South AfricaPresentCABI (Undated)
TanzaniaPresentCABI (Undated)
-Zanzibar IslandPresentCABI (Undated)
ZimbabwePresentCABI (Undated)


BangladeshPresentCABI (Undated)
ChinaPresentCABI (Undated)
-ShandongPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
IndiaPresentCABI (Undated)
-Andhra PradeshPresentCABI (Undated)
-ChandigarhPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
-DelhiPresentCABI (Undated)
-HaryanaPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
-Himachal PradeshPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
-KarnatakaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
-KeralaPresentPlantedCABI Data Mining (Undated)
-OdishaPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
-PunjabPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
-Tamil NaduPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
-Uttar PradeshPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
-West BengalPresentPlantedCABI (Undated)
IraqPresentCABI (Undated)
JapanPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
MyanmarPresentCABI (Undated)
NepalPresentCABI (Undated)
OmanPresentCABI (Undated)
Sri LankaPresentCABI (Undated)
ThailandPresentCABI (Undated)

North America

CubaPresentIntroducedInvasiveOviedo Prieto et al. (2012)
JamaicaPresentCABI (Undated)
Puerto RicoPresentCABI (Undated)


AustraliaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
-New South WalesPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
-QueenslandPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
FijiPresentCABI (Undated)

South America

GuyanaPresentCABI (Undated)

Latitude/Altitude Ranges

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Latitude North (°N)Latitude South (°S)Altitude Lower (m)Altitude Upper (m)
25 -24 0 1200

Rainfall Regime

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Soil Tolerances

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Soil drainage

  • free
  • impeded
  • seasonally waterlogged

Soil reaction

  • acid
  • alkaline
  • neutral

Soil texture

  • heavy
  • light
  • medium

Special soil tolerances

  • saline
  • sodic

Uses List

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Animal feed, fodder, forage

  • Fodder/animal feed


  • Boundary, barrier or support
  • Erosion control or dune stabilization
  • Soil improvement
  • Windbreak


  • Fuelwood

Human food and beverage

  • Spices and culinary herbs


  • Fibre
  • Gum/resin
  • Miscellaneous materials
  • Wood/timber

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Source of medicine/pharmaceutical

Wood Products

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  • Long-fibre pulp
  • Short-fibre pulp


  • Roundwood structures


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Anjum Munir; Mohammed Athar; Khan BA; Aslam M, 1986. Some leguminous plants as new hosts of Meloidogyne javanica.. Pakistan Journal of Nematology, 4(2):91-92; 7 ref.

Evans DO; Rotar PP, 1987. Sesbania in agriculture. ^italic~Sesbania ^roman~in agriculture., 192 pp.; [^italic~Tropical Agriculture Series^roman~]; 38 pp. of ref.

Faridah Hanum I; Maesen LJG van der, eds. , 1997. Plant resources of southeast Asia. No. 11. Auxillary plants. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys.

Gillett JB, 1963. Sesbania in Africa (excluding Madagascar) and southern Arabia. Kew Bull. 17 (1), (91-159). 27 refs.

Gupta RK, 1993. Multipurpose trees for agroforestry and wasteland utilisation. Multipurpose trees for agroforestry and wasteland utilisation., xv + 562 pp.; [18 pp. of ref + refs in text].

Hussain A; Arshad M, 1985. Salt tolerance studies on Sesbania bispinosa. Nitrogen Fixing Tree Research Reports, 3: 36.

Hussain A; Ibrahim M, 1987. Evaluation of Sesbania bispinosa leaves applied as a green manure supplement to inorganic fertilizers. Nitrogen Fixing Tree Research Reports, 5: 63-64; 1 ref.

Jerath N; Sahai R; Dhir KK, 1986. Phytosociology of an area affected by fertilizer factory effluent. Indian Journal of Botany, 9(2):168-174

Lewis GP, 1988. Sesbania Adans. in the Flora Zambesiaca region. Kirkia, publ. 1989, 13(1):11-51.

Oviedo Prieto R; Herrera Oliver P; Caluff MG, et al. , 2012. National list of invasive and potentially invasive plants in the Republic of Cuba - 2011. (Lista nacional de especies de plantas invasoras y potencialmente invasoras en la República de Cuba - 2011). Bissea: Boletín sobre Conservación de Plantas del Jardín Botánico Nacional de Cuba, 6(Special Issue 1):22-96.

Siddhuraju P; Vijayakumari K; Janardhanan K, 1995. Studies on the underexploited legumes, Indigofera linifolia and Sesbania bispinosa: nutrient composition and antinutritional factors. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 46(3):195-203; 64 ref.

Links to Websites

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GISD/IASPMR: Invasive Alien Species Pathway Management Resource and DAISIE European Invasive Alien Species Gateway source for updated system data added to species habitat list.
Global register of Introduced and Invasive species (GRIIS) source for updated system data added to species habitat list.

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