Brazilian Rattlebox

Also known as:
Scarlet Wisteria, Chinese Wisteria, Red Sesbania, Coffee Weed
South America

General description

Deciduous scrambling shrub up to 4 m tall. Compound leaves (10-20 cm) with 10-40 small dark-green leaflets in opposite pairs. Coral-red pea flowers (spring and early summer) in dense sprays. Dry seed pods (6-8 cm long) stay on the tree and will rattle when the tree is shaken. Seedlings produce pods after one year.

Saline, riparian, coastal, & wetland habitats, disturbed sites such as roadsides.

As a legume it produces copious seed numbers. Spread by gravity & water.

It is a serious weed in South Africa and North America where it invades native vegetation forming dense thickets, especially in damp areas. It is poisonous both to animals and to people if seed or plant parts are ingested.

Site management

Recommended approaches

This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Species to be researched (not a Pest Plant) - Whole Region
Brazilian rattlebox - Main species image