Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Pers. (syn. Aeschynomene coccinea L.f.; Aeschynomene grandiflora (L.) L.; Agati coccinea (L.f.) Desv.; Agati grandiflora (L.) Desv.; Agati grandiflora var. albiflora Wight & Arn.; Agati grandiflora var. coccinea (L.f.) Wight & Arn.; Coronilla coccinea (L.f.) Willd.; Coronilla grandiflora (L.) Willd.; Dolichos arborescens G. Don; Dolichos arboreus Forssk.; Emerus grandiflorus (L.) Kuntze; Resupinaria grandiflora (L.) Raf.; Robinia grandiflora L.; Sesban coccinea (L.f.) Poir.; Sesban grandiflora (L.) Poir. ; Sesban grandiflorus (L.) Poir.; Sesbania coccinea (L.f.) Pers.);
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Bakphul, Hatga, hummingbird tree, scarlet wisteria, Agati • Hindi: गाछ मूंगा Gaach-munga, Hathya, अगस्ति Agasti • Manipuri: হৌৱাঈমাল Houwaimal • Marathi: शेवरी Shevari, हतगा Hatga • Tamil: Sevvagatti, Muni • Malayalam: Akatti • Telugu: Ettagise, Sukanasamu • Kannada: Agasi • Bengali: Buko, Bak • Urdu: Agst • Gujarati: Agathio • Sanskrit: Varnari, Munipriya, Agasti, Drigapalaka ;
BOK PHOOL in Bengali… we eat it fried in besan …Bok phooler boda… with rice and dal… yummy…
Its medicinal… bark… hence trees die when unscrupulous people harvest the bark… in dead of nite, they would invade private property even.. I lost one…tree that way..; 
Sesbania grandiflora is eaten in Bengal after dipped in a batter and fried;

TSPNOV2015-36: Images of Sesbania grandiflora (Fabaceae) : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
It is my pleasure to share few images of Sesbania grandiflora (Fabaceae)
Habit: Small tree
Habitat: Cultivated.
Sighting: Tumkur and Bangalore (rural) Karnataka about 800 msl.
Date: 12-02-2015 and 02-03-2015

bok pholl in bangla i think. very nice

It is Agast/ Ahasti in Marathi.
The flowers and fruits are used as vegetable. Grandma use to make it when I was a little girl.

For ID 080211 ET:
This flower pictures I took, in Nature camp to Sunderban with BNHS
from 29 December to 1st Jan,2011
Date/Time-     30.12.10—–7.50 am
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS—— Sunderban , West Bengal
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type————Island
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb——– Plant
Height/Length—- 2.5 meter

– A rarer variety of Agastya flower (that is the Hindi name) is deep red. a favourite of Bengal.

Sesbania grandiflora is eaten in Bengal after dipped in a batter and fried

– It  called “Agathi Keerai” in Tamil.

Flora of Tirupat: Sesbania grandiflora from Tirupati Area:
Sesbania grandiflora from Tirupati are Cultivated about 18-20 feet high plant
Pls validate

is it Agasti in marathi?

Any relationship, since Agati grandiflora is one of its synonyms?

Family: Fabaceae
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Habit: Small tree
Habitat: Wild, dry deciduous forest near village boundary
Altitude: 200 to 300 m above msl

i am from Odisha (Orissa earlier) only and my mother language is also Odia (Oriya earlier). So completely familiar with the nature and natural resources of the State including traditional local languages of tribal.

Attaching the image of the 98th member of the series. In this a Redvented Bulbul is on the flower of Sesbania grandiflora. This plant is known as AGASTI in Hindi and BAKPHUL in Bangla. The flowers are eaten as vegetable in Bengal.


efloraindia: Sesbania grandiflora from Coimbatore:
This not relevant to this week posting. But I had an opportunity to take photo from a home garden at Anaikatti (Sesbania grandiflora) and sharing the images of the same.
(Synonyms: Agati grandiflora).

One more photos of (S. grandiflora) fruit.
I had also seen pink flower of this same sp.

Marathi name Agasti

BOK PHOOL in Bengali… we eat it fried in besan …Bok phooler boda… with rice and dal… yummy…
Its medicinal… bark… hence trees die when unscrupulous people harvest the bark… in dead of nite, they would invade private property even.. I lost one…tree that way.. only had one.. so loss was 100%…

Yes pink tinged white and frankly pink flowers are not so rare..

Sesbania grandiflora :: Hooghly, West Bengal:
In December, last year i took a couple of photos of what we call “BAK-PHOOL” in Bengali. Today i have taken photographs of the pods.
But, I do not know the correct scientific name of this plant. Wikipedia describes it as Sesbania grandiflora, but a few other sites describe it as S.grandifolia (please see –
Which one is the correct ID? Species – Sesbania grandiflora / Sesbania grandifolia
Date/Time- 08/12/2011 @ 1.50 P.M. & 01/02/2012 @ 11.07 A.M.
Location- Chanditala (Hooghly District), West Bengal
Habitat- School plantation
Plant Habit- Tree
Height- 20 ft. approx.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Pinnately compound
Inflorescence Type/ Size- Raceme axillary
Flowers Colour- Yellowish white
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Pod linear, 15-50 seeded
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- In secondary classrooms we often site this flower as an example of a big size ‘complete & irregular’ flower. Flowers are eaten fried with “Besan” (gram flour).
ID & Info help :

Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Pers.

I feel like I have returned to my schooldays to learn afresh what I ought to have learned in my student life.


Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Pers. from Alha Udal Nakshtra Udhyan Maihar MP:
Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Pers. from Alha Udal Nakshtra Udhyan Maihar MP

Sesbania grandiflora – Red Variant : Muscat,Oman : 161113 : AK-1 :  Attachments (4). 8 posts by 4 authors.
Found this tree with flowers red in color, at a resort.
Cultivated tree.
Could find very few good images with red flowers on searching.

I found some interesting names for this tree on searching.
Common names include Hummingbird Tree, Scarlet Wisteria, Swamp Pea.
Sesban coccinea as Syn.

We also having the species in Riyadh, KSA

All these years I have come across only the White flowers.
Was quite happy to find Red ones

Flora Picture of the Year 2013 : Viplav Gangar : Attachments (1). 7 posts by 7 authors.
In Kachchh, the current of the wind is particularly strong in the middle of the year. Last year in June, I was spellbound under a youthful Sesbania grandiflora, a leafless tree laden with abundant fruit near Kojachora, far from the jarring din and bustle of urbanity. I could see the swell and the swirl of the wind as it gusted through the canopy and it produced a resounding rattle as it waggled and tickled the slender, tawny pods.
The flowers, being the largest in the Papilionaceae, are no trifle either but I am instantly reminded of this windswept encounter whenever I come across this tree elsewhere.

what a beautiful description! Thank you.

Thanks for sharing your observation… Description is as beautiful as the photograph you composed.. nice composition..

Agreeing with … Many thanks … Indeed artistic – both: photo and narration.

This picture is at a special angle making it look curious to me. At first glance it reminded me tall Chir pine of mid Himalaya. But the beautiful narration then revealed it as a leafless tree, full of long pods, of Sesbania grandiflora.
Special picture, beautiful narration !
Thanks for sharing picture and the moments associated with it.

A unique post telling a unique encounter.

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Indonesia 4, PW 201510 04 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Could you please confirm that this is Sesbania grandiflora

Yes, … Nice picture!

This flower was cooked in our side and we were told that this tree’s life is 8years only.

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Sesbania for id :: Panipat :: NS OCT 108/108 : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)
This is again from Panipat, a large and old individual of Sesbania..
Please suggest if this is once more Sesbania sesban

Very large and interesting plant. In context of some species of Sesbania that I have in my collection, the leaflets seem relatively large compared to size of the leaf. Considering S. sesban, the length of leaf in the posted plant seems too short with very less number of leaflets. I could be wrong. Keen to know ID; Many thanks … for sharing this plant.

Sesbania species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

I am unable to understand what are the points and counterpoints, i fail to guess any size of any part.
Besides foc & fop description, some account of the species can also be read in –

It looks like Sesbania grandiflora.

I think it should be Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Pers. as per images herein.

Seems to be Sesbania grandiflora.

Fwd: SYMBIOSIS : 1027 : 1 post by 1 author.
Attaching a collage of female Purple Sun Bird visiting flowers of Sesbania grandiflora (AGASTI/ BAK-PHUL).

Fwd: Sesbania grandiflora( L.)Pers, : 4 posts by 1 author. Attachments (3)- 1, 1, & 3 mb.
Sending some photos of Agasti, Sesbania grandiflora ( L.) Pers at village Laxmisagar, near Bhubaneswar, Odisha as hindu religious month Kartik starting today(14/10/2019), flowers offered to Lord Shiva & leaves are made as satwik veg curry in this month & eaten

Attachments (4)- 1, 1, 2 & 2 mb.

Attachments (3)- 2 mb each.

Sir, previously sent photos of Sesbania grandiflora are taken on 13/10/2019


Fwd: Purple variant of Sesbania grandiflora ( L.) Pers, Arboriculture nursery, Bhubaneswar : 2 posts by 1 author. 5 images- 1 mb or more.
Sending 5 photos of purple variant of Sesbania grandiflora, for your kind validation, taken 18/01/2020 night, Arboricuture nursery, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, called Agasti in Odiya, confirmed success this time after 5 yrs, planted poly-potted seedling on 5 th June, 2019, World Env. day by our gardeners, plant ht 7ft, bloomed purple flowers, floral parts, fruit pods seen, a highly religious & cultural plant, flowers, twigs offered to lord Shiva, cooked as greens, more preciously on Kartik month, medicinally useful in anaemia, flatulent colic, laxative, cough, as brain tonic since long.


Identification: 1 image.
Please identify this tall plant growing in our Miyawaki forest located in Malad, Mumbai

I think clear details are required for I’d.

Sesbania grandiflora


Fabaceae: Sesbania grandiflora (L.) Poir.: 1 high res. image.
synonyms: Coronilla grandiflora (L.) Willd., Sesban coccinea (L.f.) Poir., Agati grandiflora (L.) Desv.
location/date: Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994