By: Daniel Sonke
Published: 2001-01-20


Many of our readers are familiar with Sesbania sesban, a nitrogen-fixing shrub used for organic matter and fodder that is widely promoted in the humid tropics. ECHO now has seed of Sesbania sesban var nubica, cultivar “Mount Cotton”. Sesbania sesban regrows vigorously after being cut, producing high yields of fodder and organic matter. Widely adapted, it tolerates drought, waterlogging, and soil acidity, alkalinity, and salinity. In University of Queensland studies, ‘Mount Cotton’ was shown to have outstanding forage yields at five locations in Queensland, superior to that of other accessions of Sesbania sesban and to Leucaena leucocephala cv. Cunningham. In other studies at the University of Queensland, Sesbania sesban was shown to have high nutritive value (28% crude protein) and high dry matter digestibility (86%). Those working for an NGO in developing countries may request one packet from ECHO for free. All others please pay US$4.00 for a packet, including shipping. If you need larger quantities, you can contact: Agroforester Tropical Seeds P.O. Box 428 Holualoa Hawaii 96725 USA Tel: (808) 324-4427 Fax: (808) 324-4129 E-mail: seeds@agroforester.com Website: http://www.agroforester.com

 

Sesbania sesban. Drawing by Mary Anne Cotter. Reprinted with permission from Agroforester Tropical Seeds.
Sesbania sesban. Drawing by Mary Anne Cotter. Reprinted with permission from Agroforester Tropical Seeds.