Red sesbania


Have you seen Red sesbania?

Be on the lookout for Red sesbania and report it to Biosecurity Queensland. Early detection and reporting are the key elements in controlling Red sesbania.

Call us on 13 25 23.

Native to South America, red sesbania is a deciduous shrub or tree with many slender branches. It is a poisonous plant that forms dense infestations along waterways. Red sesbania is a serious weed in South Africa, and has also been reported in Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Red sesbania has not yet been found in Queensland. It has the potential to become a serious pest if introduced and planted in gardens here.

Red sesbania is a prohibited invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Scientific name

Sesbania punicea


  • Deciduous shrub or tree up to 4m tall with many slender branches and distinctive winged seed pods.
  • Flowers are bright red in hanging clusters 20mm long.
  • Leaves are dark green, 100-200mm long, ending in tiny, pointed tips.
  • Pods are brown, 60-80mm long, 10mm wide, tip sharply pointed, contain 4-10 seeds.


  • Prefers banks of creeks and rivers.


  • Not yet recorded in Queensland.

Life cycle

  • Flowers in late spring to autumn.
  • Seed pods persist on plant through winter.

Affected animals

  • Birds
  • Mammals



  • Poisonous plant.
  • Forms dense infestations along banks of creeks and rivers.

How it is spread

  • Spread by water currents.


  • Call 13 25 23 if you find a plant you suspect may be red sesbania to seek advice on control options.

Legal requirements

  • Red sesbania is a prohibited invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
  • It must not be given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit.
  • The Act requires that all sightings to be reported to Biosecurity Queensland within 24 hours.
  • By law, everyone has a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risk of Red sesbania spreading until they receive advice from an authorised officer.

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