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Sesbania rostrata is an annual—or short-lived perennial—legume used as a green manure cover crop and fodder species for livestock. Growing to heights of 3 m, S. rostrata is one of the few legumes that produces nodulated stem tissues for further colonization by nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Leaves of S. rostrata are paripinnately compound, with 12-24 leaflets borne on each leaf. Yellow, butterfly-shaped flowers give way to 15-22 cm pods containing up to 50 green-brown seeds each.