Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Sesbania cavanillesii S.Watson

Frost-tender shrub or small tree with pinnate leaves composed of up to 12 pairs of lance-shaped leaflets, and racemes of yellow flowers in summer.  To 2m or more.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1820.  [JD].  The seeds are used as a substitute for coffee by the local populace.  [Don].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.379/1850].


Published Dec 17, 2009 - 03:30 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:27 PM

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Mexico and southern USA

  • Daubentonia longifolia DC.
  • Daubentonia cavanillesii Standl.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Daubentonia longifolia 

Confidence level high