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Family Fabaceae
Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Poir.

Da hua tian jing

Scientific names Common names
Aeschynomene grandiflora (L.) L. Diana (Bag.)
Agati grandiflora (L.) Desv. Gauai-gauai (P. Bis.)
Agati grandiflora var. albiflora Wight & Arn. Kambang-turi (Sul.)
Coronilla grandiflora (L.) Willd. Katodai (Ilk.)
Dolichos arborescens G. Don Katudai (Ilk., Ibn.)
Dolichos arboreus Forssk. Katurai (Ibn., Tag., Pang.)
Emerus grandiflorus (L.) Hornem. Katuray (Tag.)
Resupinaria grandiflora (L.) Raf. Pan (Tag.)
Robinia grandiflora L.  Agati sesban (Engl.)
Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Poir. Corkwood tree (Engl.)
Sesbania mannii Sachet Flamingo bill (Engl.)
  Hummingbird tree (Engl.)
  Swamp pea (Engl.)
  Vegetable hummingbird (Engl.)
  West Indian pea (Engl.)
Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Poir. is an accepted species. KEW: Plants of the World Online

Other vernacular names
ARABIC: Saysabān.
BENGALI: Agati, Agusta, Bagphal, Bak, Bake, Buko.
CAMBODIAN: 'Angkiedei.
CHAMORRO: Caturay.
CHINESE: Mu tian jing, Hong hu die, Luo jie, Da hua tian jing.
CZECH: Sesbánie velkokvětá.
DUTCH: Agati.
FRENCH: Agati à grandes fleurs, Colibri végétal, Fagotier, Fleur papillon, Gros mourongue, Pois valette, Pois valier, Pois vallière, Sesbanie à larges fleurs
GERMAN: Kolibribaum, Turibaum, Scharlach Baumwisterie.
GUJARATI: Agathio.
HINDI: Agasti, Agasati, Agati. Basna, Gaach-munga, Hathya, Hatiya, Hadga.
INDIAN: Hadaga.
JAPANESE: Agachi, Shiro gochou, Shiro gochou.
KANNADA: Agastya.
KHMER: Angkiëdèi (Angkea dey), Pka angkea dey.
KOREAN: A ga ti, We-seu-teu-in-di-an-kong-na-mu.
LAOTIAN: Kh'ê: kha:w.
MALAY: Daun turi, Geti, Kacang turi, Kembang turi, Petai belalang, Pokok turi, Sesban getih, Toroy, Turi, Tuwi.
MANIPURI: Houwaimal.
MARATHI : Akatti, Shevari, Hatga.
,MYANMAR: Pauk pan phyu.
PERSIAN: Sīsabān.
PORTUGUESE : Agasto, Sesbânia.
SANSKRIT: Agasti , Agati, Agastya, Drigapalaka, Munipriya, Varnari.
SINHALESE : Katura murunga.
SLOVAKIAN : Sezbánia veľkokvetá.
SPANISH : Baculo, Báculo, Cresta de gallo, Gallito, Pico de flamenco, Sesbania agata, Zapaton blanco.
TAMIL : Agathi, Agatti, Akatti, Akatthi, Agathi keeray, Peragathi.
TELUGU : Agise, Agisi, Bakapushpam, Ettagise, Sukanasamu.
THAI: Dok khae, Dok khae baan, Khae baan, Khae daeng.
URDU : Agst.

Gen info
Sesbania is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family. Currently, about 60 species are accepted, with about 39 still unresolved. The largest number of species are found in Africa, and the remainder in Australia, Hawaii, and Asia. (67)

Ataturk is a small, erect, fast-growing tree, 5 to 12 meters high. Leaves are pinnate, 20 to 30 centimeters long, with 20 to 40 pairs of leaflets which are 2.5 to 3.5 centimeters long. Flowers are white, 7 to 9 centimeters long. Pods are linear, 20 to 60 centimeters long, 7 to 8 millimeters wide, pendulous and somewhat curved, containing many seeds.

- Native to the Philippines. (32)
- In settled areas, at low and medium altitudes from northern Luzon to Mindanao.
- Often planted for its edible flowers and pods.
- Also native to Jawa, Malaya, New Guinea. (32)

- Bark contains tannin and gum. The red gum resembles Bengal kino.
- Saponin isolated from the seeds.
- Sesbanimide isolated from seed, considered a cancer inhibitor.
- Flower yields proteins, tannins, oleanolic acid, kaempferol, cystine, isoleucine, aspargine, phenylalanine, valine, nicotinic acid, vitamin C.
- Phytochemical screening of aqueous extracts yielded
carbohydrates, proteins, flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, and glycosides. (17)
- Phytochemical screening of flowers yielded carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, saponins, flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, and glycosides. (18)
- Study on roots isolated three isoflavanoids, isovestitol (1), medicarpin (2), and sativan (3), along with a known compound, betulinic acid (4). (see study below) (
- Study of stem bark of S. grandiflora isolated two new 2-arylbenzofurans, sesbagrandiflorain A and B. (57)
- Nutrient analysis of raw Sesbania flower per 100 g yielded: (Proximates) water 91.58 g, energy 27 kcal, total fat/lipid 0.04 g, carbohydrate by difference 0.73 g; (Minerals) calcium 19 mg, iron 0.83 mg, magnesium 12 mg, phosphorus 30 mg, potassium 184 mg, sodium 15 mg; (Vitamins) vitamin C 73.0 mg, thiamin 0.083 mg, riboflavin 0.081 mg, niacin 0.430 mg, folate 102 µg; (Lipids) trans fatty acid 0, cholesterol 0. (60)
- Study of ethyl acetate extract of stem bark isolated seven compounds: a tetracyclic diterpene, kaurenoic acid (1), two pentacyclic triterpenes β-amyrin (2) and lupeol (3), two steroidal ketones, stigmata-4,22-dien-3-one (4) and stigmast-4-en-3-one (5), stigmasterol (6), and a fatty acid, linoleic acid (7). (see study below) (63)

- Considered aperient, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, laxative and tonic.
- Bark is very astringent.
- Flowers are emollient and laxative.
- Leaves are aperient, diuretic, laxative.

- In Ayurveda, flowers are considered cooling, bitter, astringent, acrid, emollient, laxative, and antipyretic. (43)
- Studies have shown antioxidant, antiurolithiatic, antimicrobial, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, hypolipidemic, wound healing, hepatoprotective, chemopreventive, analgesic properties.

Parts used
Root, flowers, bark, leaves.

Edibility / Nutrition
- Leaves and flowers have culinary uses: In Bangladesh, fried with gram paste; in Sri Lanka, leaves added to sudhu hodhi or white curry; in the Maldives, prepared as Feeru Muran'ga.
- The large white or pink flowers are edible, eaten raw or steamed; makes for an excellent salad. White flowers are preferred to red.
- Young pods are eaten like string beans.
- Young leaves are edible. In some countries, dried leaves used for making tea.
- Flowers are an excellent source of calcium, fair source of iron, good source of vitamin B.
- Juice of the root, mixed with honey, used as an expectorant.
- Decoction of the bark used for hemoptysis.
- Infusion of the bark given for smallpox and other eruptive fevers.
- In Bombay, juice of leaves and flowers used for nasal catarrh and headaches.
- Juice of flowers as snuff to clear the sinuses.
- Flower extract used to treat wrinkles. Also, used for fever and leucorrhea.
- Poultice of leaves for bruises.
- Leaves used as aperient, laxative, and diuretic.
- Decoction of bark used as vomitive.
- In the Antiles, bitter bark is tonic and febrifuge.
- In Ayurveda, fruits are used for anemia, bronchitis, fever, tumors; flowers for gout, bronchitis, nyctalopia. In Ayurvedic literature, pacifies vitiated vata. Leaves are utilized for treatment of epileptic fits. Juice of leaves considered anthelmintic and tonic, and used for biliousness, itching, and night blindness. (
- In India, used for treatment of renal calculi. Flower extract used for nasal catarrh, headaches,gout, eczema, bronchitis, and pain; also as laxative and aperitif.
- In Cambodia, bark used for diarrhea, dysentery and sprue; laxative in large doses.
- Pounded bark used for scabies.
- In Java, bark is used for thrush.
- Bark decoction used as tonic and antipyretic. Juice of flowers used for eyes to relieve dimness of vision. In India, all plant parts used to cure night blindness. (
- Gum: Produces a clear gum making a good substitute for gum arabic.
- Forage:
High potential as forage and feed for growing goats. Leaves yield 36% crude protein (dry weight) and 9600 IU vitamin A in every 100g. Because of its high protein content, fodder should not be solely fed to animals but combined with roughage that is low in protein and high in energy. (Caution: Leaves are toxic to chicken and should not be fed to them or other monogastric animals.) (
- Fiber:
S. grandiflora can produce higher cellulose raw material per unit area than most other pulp wood. Trees can be used for chemical pulping for use as cheap printing, writing, magazine and newsprint paper. (
- Timber:
Wood can be used in house construction or as craft wood. (

Anti-urolithiatic / Antioxidant:
Evaluation of Sesbania grandiflora for antiurolithiatic and antioxidant properties : The leaf juice exhibited antiurolithiasis activity and antioxidant properties. (2)
Smoke-Induced Oxidative Damage/ Protection Effect: (1) Study showed a protective effect of Sesbania grandiflora against cigarette smoke-Induced oxidative damage in Rats: An aqueous suspension of SG provided support for traditional use of SG in the treatment of smoke-related disease. (2) Study showed that S. grandiflora leaves restrain cigarette smoke-induced oxidative dame in liver and kidney of rats. (3)
Antimicrobial / Synergism / Flowers and Tetracycline: Study showed synergism against all 12 bacterial species, the highest synergism attained was against Shigella boydii.(4)
Anxiolytic / Anticonvulsant: Study showed significant delay of onset of convulsions in PTZ- and STR-induced seizures in mice. The triterpene fractions exhibited a wide spectrum of anticonvulsant and anxiolytic activity. (10)
Cardioprotective / Antioxidant: Study showed that chronic cigarette smoke exposure increases oxidative stress and the aqueous suspension of S. grandiflora had a protective effect against oxidative damage through an antioxidant effect. (5)
Anti-Inflammatory: Study evaluated the prophylactic effects of administration of bark extracts of SG and S. sesban on the development of carrageenan-induced paw edema and adjuvant-induced arthritis. A high NO level may suppress immune response probably through inhibition of iNOS expression through a feedback inhibition mechanism.
Hypolipidemic: A study in Triton induced hyperlipidemic rats showed significant decrease in serum cholesterol, phospholipid, triglycerides, LDL, VLDL and significant increase in HDL. (9)
Forage: Study showed the foliage from S. grandiflora has a high potential as feed for growing goats, as sole component or as supplement. (11)
Anti-Cancer: Study in Ehrlich ascites carcinoma-bearing Swiss albino mice showed the ethanol extract of S. grandiflora was effective in inhibiting the tumor growth in ascitic models that is comparable to 5-fluorouracil. (12)
Anti-Ulcer: Study showed significant reduction in the ulcer index and significant inhibition of gastric mucosal damage induced by aspirin, ethanol, and indomethacin. Results suggest a protective effect that might be mediated by both anti-secretory and cytoprotective mechanisms. (13)
Wound Healing / Flower: Study of ethanol flower extract ointment showed greater wound healing contracting ability and significantly increased tensile strength. The wound healing property was attributed to tannin and other nutritious content. (14)
Antibacterial / Leaves: Phytochemical screening of aqueous extracts yielded carbohydrates, proteins, flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, and glycosides. Crude leaf powder yielded low antibacterial activity while the nanosized leaf powder (NPL) exhibited the highest level of antibacterial activity. (17)
Hepatoprotective / Toxicity Study / Flowers: Study evaluated the hepatoprotective activity of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of Sesbania grandiflora flowers in CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity model in rats. Results showed a significant hepatoprotective effect, with significant reduction of biochemical parameters and histological confirmation of healing. The extract did not show any mortality up to a dose of 2000 g/kbw. (19)
Hepatoprotective / Fruit Extract: Study evaluated the fruits for in vivo hepatoprotective effects using ethanol as toxicant and silymarin as standard drug in Wistar albino rats. Results showed significant hepatoprotective effect on biochemical parameters, with normal hepatocytes and lobar architecture compared to the toxicant group. (20)
Novel Protein Fraction / Anticancer / Chemopreventive: Study isolated a protein fraction, SF2 (Sesbania fraction 2) from the flower. The SF2 inhib
ited cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in Dalton's lymphoma ascites (DLA) and colon cancer cells (SW-480). SF2 increased the life span and decreased tumor volume in mice bearing tumor. Results suggest a potential anticancer drug candidate. (21)
Antiproliferative / Apoptotic / Leaves: Study evaluated the anticancer properties of the leaves of Sesbania grandiflora tested on various cancer cell lines. A methanolic fraction was found to exert potent antiproliferative effects especially in human cancer cell line, A549, with activation of caspase 3 leading to cell death by apoptosis. (23)
Analgesic / CNS Depressant Activity: Study of a leaf extract of Sesbania grandiflora showed good analgesic and CNS depressant activity. (24)
Cytotoxic Potential / Bark / Human Ovary Epithelial Teratocarcinoma (PA-1Cell Line): A methanolic bark extract of Sesbania grandiflora contains potent cytotoxic compounds with specific activity against human ovary epithelial teratocarcinoma cells. (25)
Antimicrobial / Root Extract: Study evaluated an ethanolic root extract of S. grandiflora for antimicrobial activity. The antimicrobial property suggest potent phytoconstituents and bioactive compounds in the root extract. (26)
Hypoglycemic / Hypolipidemic: Study of a methanolic extract of Sesbania grandiflora showed hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effect. There was a significant reduction in lipid profile of TC, LDL, VLDL and triglycerides, with an increase in HDL. (27) Study evaluated the antidiabetic activity of methanolic extracts of SG in T2 diabetic rats induced by STZ and high fat diet. Results showed significant reduction (p<0.05) of raised blood glucose in diabetic rats and restoration of parameters to normal levels. Study concludes MESG has potential antihyperglycemic and antihyperlipidemic properties with potential to alleviate insulin resistance conditions. (48)
In Vitro Hemolytic Effect / Leaves: Aqueous extract of leaves of Sesbania grandiflora produced hemolysis of human and sheep erythrocytes even at low concentrations. The release of phospholipids and sterols into the supernatant as a result of hemolysis suggest possible damage to the erythrocyte membrane. (28)
Apoptotic and Autophagic Effects / Flowers / Human Leukemic Cells: Study investigated the antiproliferative effect of a fraction isolated from SG flowers in cancer cells. Results suggest the fraction triggers pro-oxidant activity and mediates its cytotoxicity in leukemic cells via apoptosis and autophagy, and suggests further investigation for therapeutic potential in the treatment of leukemia. (29)
Antioxidant / Cytotoxic / Anti-Inflammatory / Analgesic / Flowers: A methanol extract of flowers exhibited maximum radical scavenging activity on NO, superoxide, and OH radical assays. Extract also exhibited potential cytotoxic activity against human cervical cancer cell line HeLa. It showed significant inhibition of inflammatory activity using a carrageenan and cotton pellet induced models and analgesic effect on hot plate pain model. (30)
Protection Against Cigarette Smoke-Induced Oxidative Damage: Study evaluated the possible protective effect of an aqueous suspension of S. grandiflora leaves against cigarette smoke-induced oxidative damage in rats. Results suggest supplementation with the leaf suspension reversed the cigarette smoke induced oxidative damage in rats through its antioxidant potential. (31)
Antituberculosis Activity: Study on roots isolated three isoflavanoids viz., isovestitol, medicarpin, and sativan, together with betulinic acid. All four compounds exhibited antituberculosis activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. MIC values were 50 µg/mL for compound 1-3, 100 µg/mL for compound 4. A methanol extract exhibited antituberculous activity of 625 µg/mL. (see constituents above) (33)
Hypoglycemic / Flowers: Study investigated the hypoglycemic activity of aqueous extract of Sesbania grandiflora flowers among nonhuman primates with alloxan induced diabetes. First and second phase toxicity test of the tea fractionate of flowers showed no toxicity effect for test animals as evidenced by zero mortality rate. There was hyperactivity on the second day of observation. Tea fractionate (aqueous extract) of SG flowers and insulin had similar effects on blood glucose which can reduce almost 90-95% of the blood glucose levels of diabetic-induced monkeys. (34)
Anthelmintic / Flowers: Study investigated various extracts of flowers for anthelmintic activity against Pheretima posthuma. Results showed significant dose dependent anthelmintic activity. Activity was attributed to glycosides, alkaloids and tannins content. (36)
Immunomodulatory / Flowers: Study investigated the immunomodulatory activity of Sesbania grandiflora on cellular and humoral immunity. Oral administration of methanolic extract of flowers in mice dose-dependently enhanced the production of circulating antibody titre in response to SRBC. There was significant potentiation of delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction induced by sheep red blood cells. Results indicate the methanolic extract of SG possesses potential immunomodulatory activity. (37)

Neutraceutical / Potential Antidiabetic Benefit: Review focuses of Sesbania grandiflora as a medicinal plant with antioxidant activities. The plant contains alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, diterpenes, triterpenoids, glycosides, and phenols—phytochemical substances that may have a major impact on diabetes mellitus. (38)
Antimicrobial / Leaves: Study of various extracts of leaves of S. grandiflora, an ethanol extract showed maximum activity against Staphylococci sp. compared to gram negative bacteria, with high activity indicated by MIC range of 320 to 488 mm. (39)
Herbal Gel Formulation / Leaves: Study evaluated the formulation of an herbal gel containing Sesbania grandiflora leaves, reporting on physiochemical formulation parameters (pH, viscosity, spreadability, etc.) Formulation F5 containing 2.5% SG extract showed better stability than other formulations, showing no irritant effect on skin application. (40)
Anthelmintic / Leaves: Study evaluated leaves of Sesbania grandiflora and fruits of Solanum torvum for anthelmintic activity against Ascaridia galli. Results showed both plant extracts could serve as effective alternative anthelmintics replacing synthetic helminticides. (42)
Attenuation of Erythrocyte Membrane Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Rats: Study investigated the protective effects of S. grandiflora flower extract on erythrocyte membrane in STZ-induced diabetic male albino rats. Results showed reduced blood glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin levels with increased levels of insulin and hemoglobin, together with reversal of protein and lipid peroxidation markers, osmotic fragility, membrane bound ATPases activities. Findings suggest a protective effect on diabetes by decreasing oxidative stress-related diabetic complications. (44)
Gel Drug Formulation for Bacterial Conjunctivitis / Flowers: Study evaluated the preparation of in situ gel formulations for S. grandiflora flower extract for antimicrobial use. The G4 batch of in situ gel of the flower extract showed activity against microorganisms P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, E. coli and fungus C. albicans which cause bacterial conjunctivitis. It provided sustained release of the drug up to 8 hours.   (45)
Inhibition of Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGE) / Antihyperglycemia: Study evaluated Advanced Glycation Endproduct (AGE) and early glycation (HbA1c) inhibition by the greens of Sesbania grandiflora. A methanol extract inhibited the formation of early glycation by 50% (HbA1c 4.69%). The ME also significantly inhibited α-amylase (52%) and α-glucosidase (56%). Derivatives of piperidine, cinnamaldehyde, and linolenic acid were proven anti-diabetic agents. Findings suggest further investigation for the potential of an anti-diabetic drug. (46)
• Antihyperglycemic / Antioxidant / Leaves: Study evaluated the antidiabetic and antioxidant properties of Sesbania grandiflora leaves extract in diabetic rats induced by STZ. Results showed significant (p<0.05) decrease in blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, BUN, uric acid, serum creatinine and diminished activities of liver enzymes. The activity was attributed to the presence of vitamins, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, diterpenes, triterpenoids, glycosides and phenols in the leaves. (47)
• Anticataract Activity: Study evaluated the potential effects of Sesbania glandiflora and Mentha arvensis in the three molecular mechanisms that may be involved in the development of cataract, i.e., non-enzymatic glycation of eye lens proteins, oxidative stress, and activated polyol pathway in glucose disposition. Results showed the ethanolic extract of SG and MA and standard drug Catlon are able to significantly retard experimental glucose induced cataractogenesis in an animal model. (49)
• Immunomodulatory Effects of Combined Extracts: Study evaluated the immunomodulatory effects of a combination of extracts from Sesbania grandiflor flowers and Coccolus hirsutus leaves. Results showed the combined extract exhibited immunomodulatory activity through modulation of B lymphocyte functions as evidenced by stimulation of circulating antibody response and increased serum antibody titers. (50)
• Anti-Arthritic: Study evaluated the in vitro anti-arthritic activity of an ethyl acetate extract of Sesbania grandiflora. Results showed significant antiarthritic activity at 200-1000 µg/ml via inhibition of denaturation of protein. Activity was similar to that of standard diclofenac sodium and was attributed to the presence of flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols and steroids. (51)
• Cytotoxicity by Brine Shrimp Lethality Assay: Study of S. grandiflora using in vitro parameter by Brine shrimp lethality bioassay showed significant cytotoxic activity. (52)
• Antibacterial / Bark: Study investigated the antibacterial activity of S. grandiflora bark and explored the therapeutic effect of the highest potent fraction using bacterial infected silkworms. An ethyl acetate fraction showed the highest activity with MIC against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) of 1.6 and 0.4 mg/mL, respectively. The EAF contained at least five major compounds, one of which is gallic acid. The EAF activity was higher than the sum of the individual activities of the separated compounds. (53)
• Silver Nanoparticles / Antibacterial / Leaves: Study reported on the synthesis of silver nanoparticles encapsulated with Sesbania grandiflora leaf extract as reducing and capping material. The phytochemical wrapped silver nanoparticles were more effective antibiotics than bare silver nanoparticles. Furthermore, there was higher antibacterial activity towards gram-negative bacteria than gram-positive bacteria. (54)
• Antihyperglycemic / Fruit: Study evaluated the anti-hyperglycemic potential of methanol fruit extract of S. grandiflora in a rat model of T2DM. Results suggest anti-hyperglycemic activity which could be due to improvements in the aberrant lipid profile, oxidative stress and insulin sensitivity. (55)
• Diuretic Effect / Leaves: Study evaluated the diuretic effect of Sesbania grandiflora leaf extracts in Wistar rats. Results showed significant increase in potassium excretion in both aqueous and methanolic extracts. All electrolytes concentration was increased in the urine. Diuretic index, saluretic index, and natriuretic index of ME-450 were more than the value of hydrochlorothiazide. The values were less than furosemide. (56)
• Antihyperglycemic / Role of Interleukin-10 / Seed: Study of an aqueous decoction of S. grandiflora seeds in STZ-induced diabetic mice showed an anti-hyperglycemic effect. An increased amount of interleukin-10 in diabetic mice treated with the seed decoction suggested a role for IL-10 in maintaining blood glucose homeostasis. (58)
• Restorative Effects / Brain Oxidative Damage from Cigarette Smoke Exposure: Study evaluated the restorative effects of S. grandiflora on oxidative damage induced by cigarette smoke exposure in the brain of rats. Results suggest treatment with aqueous suspension of S. grandiflora caused regression of biochemical alterations induced by cigarette smoke via stabilization of cell membranes and prevention of protein oxidation, probably through free radical scavenging and anti-peroxidative effect. (59)
• Thrombolytic / Membrane Stabilizing / Antimicrobial / Antidiarrheal / Leaves: Study evaluated various fractions of crude ethanol extract of leaves of S. grandiflora. For thrombolytic activity, the ethyl acetate soluble fraction (EASF) showed highest of clot lysis (59.6%), while streptokinase and water resulted in 69.2% and 3.1% clot lysis, respectively. For membrane stabilizing activity, the EASF showed significant inhibition of hemolysis of human erythrocytes induced by hypotonic solution (64.3%) or by heat (57.2%). The unfractionated crude ethanol extract showed antidiarrheal activity with reduction in number of defecation episodes by 25% at dose of 200 mg/kg and 41.1% at 400 mg/kbw. All fractions showed significant antibacterial activity, higher against Gram negative than Gram positive bacteria. (61)
• Dietary Supplement in Type 2 Diabetes / Leaves: Study evaluated the potential of major secondary metabolites for α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory activities and alleviation of type 2 diabetes. LC-HRMS chemical profiling of leaves and twigs identified 32 metabolites. Bioactive fractionation and HPLC purification isolated 14 major metabolites. Two terpenoids, vomifoliol (11) and loliolide (14) showed inhibitory effect against α-glucosidase with IC50s of 64.5 and 388.48 µM, respectively. Quercetin (10) showed highest α-glucosidase inhibition with IC50 of 17.45 µM. Quantitative analysis of most potent inhibitors showed existence at high percentage within the extract. (62)
• Cytotoxicity / Antioxidant / Thrombolytic / Leaves and Stem Bark: Crude methanolic extracts of leaf and bark demonstrated strong antibacterial activity against Bacillus megaterium and Aspergiillus niger as compared to standard kanamycin and ketoconazole. On cytotoxicity assay using brine shrimp and tamoxifen as standard, methanol extract of bark showed highest lethality compared to leaf extract. The ethyl acetate extracts of leaf showed moderated antioxidant activity using DPPH assay. The EA and ME of leaves exhibited significant thrombolytic activity compared to Streptokinase. (see constituents above) (63)
• Antibacterial / Flowers: Phytochemical screening of flowers yielded alkaloid, flavonoid, glycoside, reducing sugar, phenolic compound, steroid, terpene, saponin, and tannin. Various extracts were tested for antimicrobial activity against Bacillus subtilis, B. pumalis, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans. The EtOH extract of flowers showed higher antimicrobial activity compared to other extracts.  (64)
• Flowers as Ingredient in Pasta Production: Study evaluated the production of pasta using varying concentrations (1, 3, and 5%) of distinctly dried S. grandiflora flowers with T. durum wheat semolina flour. Formulated products were evaluated for cooking quality, sensory attributes, nutritive composition, and glycemic index (GI). The nutritional profile of SG oven-dried flower powder showed high protein (17.02%) and dietary fiber content (40.92%), while SG freeze-dried pasta showed high protein (11.78%), insoluble fiber content (11.64%), and better cooking quality (4.68%). Both showed low GI (<55). Results showed the SG flower incorporation resulted in pasta with better cooking quality, organoleptic property, and low GI, suggesting potential as food for diabetic patients. (65)
• In Vivo Genotoxicity / Flowers: Study evaluated the genotoxic potential induced by methanol extract of  S. grandiflora flower in terms of frequency of Micronucleus Polychromatic Erythrocyte (MNPCE) and PCE ration employing the micronucleus assay. Frequency of MN was examined in Bone Marrow Cells obtained from male Swiss albino mice exposed to four different concentrations of flower extract. Results showed significant (p<0.01) rate of MNPCEs for 11.25 and 22.5 tested concentrations of extract comparable to MMC(mitomycin-C)-treated mice. Worth noting, the 40 and 90 mg/kg concentrations exhibited lowest value. Results suggest genotoxic potential for murine bone marrow cells. (66)

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Updated March 2023 / February 2018 /July 2016

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OTHER IMAGE SOURCE / Seeds / SSesbania grandiflora (L.) Poir. / vegetable hummingbird / Steve Hurst @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database/ USDA

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Pers. / James A. Duke. 1983. Handbook of Energy Crops. unpublished.
Evaluation of Sesbania grandiflora for antiurolithiatic and antioxidant properties / Journal of Natural Medicines / Volume 62, Number 3 / July, 2008 / 10.1007/s11418-008-0235-2
Protective Effect of Sesbania grandiflora Against Cigarette Smoke-Induced Oxidative Damage in Rats / T. Ramesh, V. Hazeena Begum / Journal of Medicinal Food. June 2008, 11(2): pp 369-375 / DOI:10.1089/jmf.2006.205.
SYNERGISM BETWEEN METHANOLIC EXTRACT OF SESBANIA GRANDIFLORA (FABACEAE) FLOWERS AND OXYTETRACYCLINE / Arthanari Saravana Kumar, Krishnasamy Venkateshwaran, Saravanakumar Vanitha, Mani Ganesh, Mani Vasudevan, Thangavel Sivakumar / Pharmacologyonline 3: pp 6-11 (2008)
Cardioprotective Effects of Sesbania grandiflora in Cigarette Smoke-exposed Rats / Thiyagarajan Ramesh PhD, Ramalingam Mahesh PhD, Chandrabose Sureka PhD. Vavamohaideen Hazeena Begum PhD / Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Oct 2008, Vol 52, No 4: pp 338-343 /
DOI: 10.1097/FJC.0b013e3181888383

Sesbania grandiflora diminishes oxidative stress and ameliorates antioxidant capacity in liver and kidney of rats exposed to cigarette smoke / Ramesh T, Sureka C, Bhuvana S, Hazeena Begum V / J Physiol Pharmacol. 2010 Aug;61(4):467-76
Hypolipidemic activity of Sesbania grandiflora in triton wr-1339 induced hyperlipidemic rats / A. Saravanakumar, S. Vanitha, M. Ganesh et al / International Jour of Phytomedicine, Vol 2, No1, 2010
Anxiolytic and anticonvulsive activity of Sesbania grandiflora leaves in experimental animals / Veena S Kasture, V K Deshmukh, C T Chopde / Phytotherapy Research, 2002; 16(5): pp 455–460 /
DOI: 10.1002/ptr.971
Utilization of some forages as a protein source for growing goats by smallholder farmers / Nguyen Thi Hong Nhan / Livestock Research for Rural Development, Volume 10, Number 3, 1998
Evaluation of anticancer activity of ethanol extract of Sesbania grandiflora (Agati Sesban) against Ehrlich ascites carcinoma in Swiss albino mice / Sreelatha S, Padma PR, Umasankari E / J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Apr 12;134(3):984-7. Epub 2011 Jan 18.
Antiulcer Activity of the Ethanol Extract of Leaves of SG Linn / Rasika D Bhgalke, Mahendra A Giri et al / International Journ of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 2, Suppl 4, 2010
Wound healing activity of Sesbania grandiflora Linn flower ethanolic extract using excision and incision wound model in wistar rats / Aijaz A Sheikh, Zaferuddin Sayyed et al / International Journal of PharmTech Research, Vol. 3, No.2, pp 895-898, April-June 2011
Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Pers. (accepted name) / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
Sorting Sesbania names / Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.
Phytochemical study on Sesbania grandiflora / Abbs Fen Reji and N. Rexin Alphonse /
Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 2013, 5(2): pp 196-201
PHYTOCHEMICAL AND PRELIMINARY TOXICITY STUDY OF SESBANIA GRANDIFLORA (LINN.) FLOWERS / Arunabha Mallik, S. Nayak / Interantion Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research / Vol 2, No 11 (2011)
Hepatoprotective potential of ethanolic and aqueous extract of flowers of Sesbania grandiflora (Linn) induced by CCl4 / Ishwer Kale, Mohd Asif Khan, Yusufuddin Irfan, Veerana Goud A / Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine (2012)S670-S679 / doi:10.1016/S2221-1691(12)60294-9
Hepatoprotective Activity of Fruit Extract of Sesbania Grandiflora, Pers. / Prafulla R. Tathe et al / Pharmacologyonline 3: 423-430 (2010)
A novel protein fraction from Sesbania grandiflora shows potential anticancer and chemopreventive efficacy, in vitro and in vivo / Krishna P. Laladhas, Vino T. Cheriyan, Vineshkumar T. Puliappadamba, Smitha V. Bava, Rajesh G. Unnithan, Parvathy L. Vijayammal, Ruby John Anto / J. Cell. Mol. Med. Vol 14, No 3, 2010 pp. 636-646 / doi: 10.1111/j.1582-4934.2008.00648.x
Phytopharmacology of Indian plant Sesbania grandiflora L. / Suresh et. al. / Journal of Phytopharmacology, Vol 1, Issue 2, 2012
Antiproliferative and Apoptotic Effects of Sesbania grandiflora Leaves in Human Cancer Cells / Sankar Pajaniradje, Kumaravel Mohankumar, Ramya Pamidimukkala, Srividya Subramanian, and Rukkumani Rajagopalan / BioMed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014) / DOI: 10.1155/2014/474953
Analgesic and CNS depressant activity of the crude extract of Sesbania grandiflora
/ *Kumar Bishwajit Sutradhar, Naheed Farhana Choudhury / Sutradhar and Choudhury, International Current Pharmaceutical Journal 2012, 1(3): 56-61
Biological screening for cytotoxic potential of Sesbania grandiflora bark extract against human ovary epithelial teratocarcinoma using PA-1 cell lines, brine shrimp lethality bioassay and Allium cepa root model
/ Rohit Gupta*, Nitin Dumore, Kishor Danao and Meha Motiwala / J. Nat. Prod. Plant Resour., 2013, 3 (5):18-25
Susceptibility Of Sesbania grandiflora Root Extract Against Problematic Groups Of Drug Resistant Microbes / M.Manigandan, M.Syed Muzammil* / International Journal of PharmTech Research, IVol.5, No.2, pp 674-678, April-June 2013
Investigation of Possible Hypoglycemic and Hypolipidemic Effect of Methanolic Extract of Sesbania grandiflora / Panigrahi Ghanshyam et al / IRJP 2012, 3(5)
Studies on erythrocyte membrane VII. In vitro haemolytic effect of Sesbania grandiflora leaves / V. Ramesh Kumara, N. Murugesha, S. Vembara, C. Damodarana ∗ / Toxicology Letters, Volume 10, Issues 2–3, February 1982, Pages 157–161 / doi:10.1016/0378-4274(82)90068-6
Apoptotic and Autophagic Effects of Sesbania grandiflora Flowers in Human Leukemic Cells / Rajneeta Roy, Deepak Kumar, Biswajit Chakraborty, Chinmay Chowdhury, Padma Das / PLoS ONE 8(8): e71672 / doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071672
Evaluation of edible flowers of agathi (Sesbania grandiflora L. Fabaceae) for in vivo anti-inflammatory and analgesic, and in vitro antioxidant potential
/ Nataraj Loganayaki, Nandhagopalan Suganya, Sellamuthu / Manian / Food Science and Biotechnology, April 2012, 21(2): pp 509-517 /
DOI: 10.1007/s10068-012-0065-6
Protective Effect of Sesbania grandiflora Against Cigarette Smoke-Induced Oxidative Damage in Rats
T. Ramesh and V. Hazeena Begum / Journal of Medicinal Food. June 2008, 11(2): 369-375. / doi:10.1089/jmf.2006.205.
Sesbania grandiflora / KEW: Plants of the World Online
The Chemical Components of Sesbania grandiflora Root and Their Antituberculosis Activity
/ Noviany Hasan, Hasnah Osman, Suriyati Mohamad, Wong Keng Chong, Khalijah Awang and Anis Safirah Mohd Zahariluddin / Pharmaceuticals 2012, 5, 882-889 / doi:10.3390/ph5080882
PRE-CLINICAL EVALUATION OF THE AQUEOUS EXTRACT OF SESBANIA GRANDIFLORA (KATURAY) AS HYPOGLYCEMIC AGENT / Jean Nunez Guillasper, John Micah Manuel Gabriel, Aubrey Marie Shalimar Dulay Razalan / BMJ Open: Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Heath 2015 / DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-forum2015abstracts.3
Sesbania grandiflora / World Agroforestry
Anthelmintic activity of the flowers of Sesbania grandiflora Pers. / P.L. Rajagopal, K. Premaletha, K. R. Sreejith / Journal of Innovations in Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 1 (2), 8-11 (2016)
EVALUATION OF IMMUNOMODULATORY ACTIVITY OF SESBANIA GRANDIFLORA FLOWERS EXTRACT IN MICE / Mallik Arunabha, Nayak Satish / Indonesian Journal of Pharmacy, Vol 25, No 4, 2014 / DOI: 10.14499/indonesianjpharm25iss4pp277
SESBANIA GRANDIFLORA: NEW NUTRACEUTICAL USE AS ANTIDIABETIC / Kanitta Jiraungkoorskul, Wannee Jiraungkoorskul / International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 7, Issue 7, 2015.
Invitro Antimicrobial Activity of Leaf extracts from Sesbania grandiflora / P. Sarasu Packiyalakshmi*, R. Premalatha and A. Saranya / Invitro Antimicrobial Activity of Leaf extracts from Sesbania grandiflora / Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci (2016) 5(4): 21-27
Hadga (Sesbania Grandiflora Linn.) –A Unique Ayurvedic Remedy / Lakshmi, T. / International Journal of Drug Development & Research, October-December 2011, Vol. 3, Issue 4
Leaves and Solanum torvum Fruits against the Nematode Parasite Ascaridia galli / R Jothi Karumari*, S Sumathi, K Vijayalakshmi and S Ezhilarasi Balasubramanian / American Journal of Ethnomedicine, 2014, Vol. 1, No. 5, 326-333
Edible flowers of India with multiple medicinal uses: An Overview / Manosi Das, L.D Barick, D.N. Mondal, Jayram Hazra / International Journal of Herbal Medicine 2015; 3(2): 07-09
Attenuation of erythrocyte membrane oxidative stress by Sesbania grandiflora in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats / Chandrabose Sureka, Thiyagarajan Ramesh, Vavamohaideen Hazeena Begum / Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 2015, 93(4): 385-395 / 10.1139/bcb-2015-0039
Formulation and Evaluation of in situ Gel Drug Delivery System of Sesbania grandiflora Flower Extract for the Treatment of Bacterial Conjunctivitis. / Vijay D. Wagh*, Ketaki H. Deshmukh and Kalpana V. Wagh / J. Pharm. Sci. & Res. Vol.4(8), 2012, 1880 - 1884
The therapeutic role of Sesbania grandiflora as an inhibitor of Advanced Glycation Endproduct (AGE) formation and the discovery of lead compounds for managing hyperglycaemia / G Prasanna, NT Saraswathi / Planta Med 2013; 79 - PN84 / DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1352426
Extract of Sesbania grandiflora Ameliorates Hyperglycemia in High Fat Diet-Streptozotocin Induced Experimental Diabetes Mellitus / Ghanshyam Panigrahi, Chhayakanta Panda, and Arjun Patra /
Scientifica, Volume 2016 (2016) / http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4083568
Study of anticataract activity of Sesbania grandiflora Linn & Mentha arvensis Linn
. / singh Amarjeet, Sharma Pankaj, Lamba H S, and Lamba Avneet Kaur / JIAPS, Vol 1(2); 2016: pp 22-29
Study the Immunomodulatory Effects of Combined Extracts of Sesbania grandiflora Flowers and Cocculus hirsutus Leaves on the Circulating Antibody Response / Mallik Arunabha and Nayak Satish /American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics
In vitro Anti- Arthritic activity of Sesbania grandiflora Ethyl acetate extract / Sripradha, Lakshmi. T* / Research J. Pharm. and Tech. 8(11): Nov 2015: pp 1509-1511 / DOI: 10.5958/0974-360X.2015.00269.3
Brine shrimp lethality assay of Sesbania grandiflora ethanolic extract – in vitro study  / Priyangaa Sathasivam, T. Lakshmi  / Journal of Advanced Pharmacy Education & Research (2017) Vol 7, Issue 1: pp 28-30
In vitro antibacterial activity and in vivotherapeutic effect of Sesbania grandiflora in bacterial infected silkworms / Pimporn Anantaworasakul, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kazuhisa Sekimizu, and Siriporn Okonogi / Pharmaceutical Biology, Vol 55, Issue 1 (2017) / https://doi.org/10.1080/13880209.2017.1297467
Phyto-synthesis and antibacterial studies of bio-based silver nanoparticles using Sesbania grandiflora(Avisa) leaf tea extract /  and  / Materials Research Express, Vol 5, No 1 (2018)
Methanolic fruit extract of Sesbania grandiflora exhibits anti-hyperglycemic activity in experimental type-2 diabetes mellitus model / Manmath K. Nandi, Debapriya Garabadu, Sairam Krishnamurthy, Trayambak D. Singh and Virendra P. Singh / Annals of Biological Research, 2014, 5(9): pp 50-58
Effect of Sesbania grandiflora Linn leaf extracts on diuresis in wistar rats / Krishnakanth K., Pojala Kumar, Neeraja K., Chakrapani Cheekavolu / International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 2017; 6(6) / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20172081
Sesbagrandiflorain A and B: isolation of two new 2-arylbenzofurans from the stem bark of Sesbania grandiflora / Noviany Noviany, Arif Nurhidayat, Sutopo Hadi, Tati Suhartati, Muhammad Aziz, Neny Purwitasari, Iman Subasman / https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5793648.v1
Antihyperglycemic effect of Sesbania grandiflora seed decoction on streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice: Inflammatory status and the role of interleukin-10 / Ahmad Zamroni, Simon B Widianarko, Muhaimin Rifa, & Elok Zubaidah / AIP Conference Proceedings 1844, 020015 (2017) / DOI: 10.1063/1.4983426
Brain Oxidative Damage Restored by Sesbania grandiflora in Cigarette Smoke-Exposed Rats / Ramesh T, Sureka C, Bhuvana S, Begum V / Metabolic Brain Disease, Vol 30, Issue 4; Aug 2015: pp 959-968 / DOI: 10.1007/s11011-015-9654-4
Nutrient Analysis: Sesbania flower, raw / USDA: National Nutrient Database
Medicinal Properties of the Sesbania grandiflora Leaves / Nafisa Binte Arfa, Azima Julie, Abdul Kader Mohiudin, Shah Alam Khan / Ibnosina Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 2016; 8(6): pp 271-277 / DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210243
Sesbania grandiflora L. Poir leaves: a dietary supplement to alleviate type 2 diabetes through metabolic enzymes inhibition / Bathini Thissera, Rizliya Visvanathan, Usama R Abdelmohsen, Mostafa E Rateb et al / South African Journal of Botany, 2020; Vol 130: pp 282-299 / DOI: 10.1016/j.sajb.2020.01.011
Terpenoids and steroids from the stem bark of Sesbania grandiflora and biological studies of the plant extracts / Seagufta Afrin,  Md. Hossain Sohrab, Md. Shamim Ahmed, Choudhury Mahmood Hasan, Monira Ahsan / Pharmacy & Pharmacology International Journal, 2019; 7(6): pp 307-313 /
eISSN: 2379-6367 / DOI: 10.15406/ppij.2019.07.00269
INVESTIGATION OF PHYTOCHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS AND ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITIES OF FLOWERS OF Sesbania grandiflora (Linn) (Pauk pan phyu) / Moh Moh Myint Kyaw / International Journal for Innovative Research in Multidisciplinary Field, 2019; 5(7) / ISSN: 2455-0620
Sesbania grandiflora as a food ingredient in pasta making: Processing, rheology, and its quality evaluation / Nivedha Krishnakumar, Pichan Prabhasankar / Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 2022; 46(7): e16640 / ISSN: 0145-8892 / DOI: 10.1111/jfpp.16640
In Vivo Genotoxicity Testing of Sesbania grandiflora (Katuray) Flower Methanol Extract / Levylee G Bautista, Dawn Grace E Santos, Ghafoor A Haque, Aishwarya Veluchamy, Jesusa E Santos, Rodolfo T Rafae / International Journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences, 2022; 11(1): pp 14-19 /
DOI: 10.18178/ijpmbs.11.1.14-19
Sesbania / Wikipedia


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