1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria abscondita Welw. ex Baker

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Angola.

    [FZ]

    Leguminosae, various authors. Flora Zambesiaca 3:7. 2003

    Habit
    Perennial herb, with a number of ultimately well-branched stems ascending to 30–70 cm from a well developed taproot, densely villous (hairs often up to c. 2 mm long, very fine, becoming twisted and appearing torulose).
    Leaves
    Leaves closely arranged, estipulate, sessile, 3-foliolate; leaflets mostly held erect, mostly 8–20 × 2–5(8) mm, lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, pointed, villous.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes terminal, sessile, dense, shortly cylindrical, 8–16-flowered; bracts 6–10 mm long, linear-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic-oblong, attenuate at either end; pedicels 0.5–1.5 mm long; bracteoles inconspicuous.
    Calyx
    Calyx 6–10 mm long, villous; lobes narrowly attenuate-triangular, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly elliptic to obovate, yellow, apically pilose outside; wings exceeding the keel; keel 5–6 mm long, rounded, with a small very slightly incurved pointed beak.
    Fruits
    Pod practically sessile, 6–8 mm long, subglobose-ellipsoid, densely villous outside, sometimes pilose on the suture inside, 2–4-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2–3 mm long, broadly oblique-cordiform, smooth to minutely papillose, yellow to dark brown.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian grassland, Zambezian bushland and thicket
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria abscondita Welw. ex Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1958 Gossweiler, J. [3740], Angola K001276860
    Jan 1, 1958 Gossweiler, J. [3094], Angola K001276861
    Welwitsch [1927], Angola K000227489

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 19 (1871)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Polhill, R. M. (1982). A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam 389pp Crotalaria in Africa & Madagasca

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0