African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 761


Sesbania sesban (L.) Merrill: Potential uses of an underutilized multipurpose tree in Ethiopia

Zerihun Nigussie* and Getachew Alemayehu
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Bahir Dar University, P.O. Box 1094, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 29 July 2013
  •  Published: 31 October 2013


Sesbania sesban (L.) Merrill is the most productive multipurpose tree widely distributed in tropics and subtropics; and usually planted by smallholder farmers mostly for its fodder and soil improvement values. The objective of the present study was to review the various aspects (with emphasis on its importance) of S. sesban and generate comprehensive technical information for scholars who wish to study the plant in detail. Different parts ofS. sesban is reputed for various purposes such as weed control, phytoremediation, anti-inflammation and antioxidant effect, abortion and antifertility agent, antimicrobial activity, firewood source, livestock feed and pasture improvement, green manure, mosquito repellant, live support and Schistosoma control. Having these and other multiple uses, S. sesban can contribute to sustainable livelihoods by improving household food, nutrition and health security.


Key words: Sesbania sesban, phytoremediation, anti-inflammation, antioxidant,livelihood.