Botanical name : Sesbania grandiflora (Linn.) Poir.
Family : Fabaceae
Agastya, Munitaru, Vangasenaka
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Swamp pea
Hindi : Agast, Hathya
Malayalam : Agatti.
Small, soft wooded tree grows up to 9 meters in height. The plant is short living and quick growing in nature. Leaves are 15-30 cm long and pinnately compound. Leaflets are 40 – 60. Flowers are long with beautiful, fleshy, white, pink or red petals. Pods are 30 cm long, flat or 4 cornered. Seeds are pale and about 15-30 in numbers per pod.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, rheumatism, fever, arthritis, scabies and night blindness. It is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A.
Useful part : Seed, bark and leaves