1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria adamsonii Baker f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Corolla
    Standard subcircular, pale yellow, veined reddish-purple and apically pubescent outside; wings ± as long as the keel; keel 8–12(14) mm long, rounded, with a short slightly incurved beak.
    Fruits
    Pod 3.4–4 cm long, subsessile, fusiform-cylindrical, appressed pubescent, many-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2–2.5 mm long, obliquely cordiform, rugulose.
    Habit
    Suffrutex with small woody rootstock and several laxly branched and ascending 4-angled sparsely appressed puberulous stems, up to 50 cm tall.
    Leaves
    Leaves subsessile, simple; blade 3.5–8 × 0.7–2(2.6) cm, lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate or elliptic, acute, apiculate, rounded to subcordate at the base, sparsely appressed puberulous beneath; stipules 1.5–4 mm long, filiform to subulate.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes mostly terminal, laxly few-flowered; bracts 2–4 mm long, linear-subulate; bracteoles at top of the pedicel, 2–4 mm long, subulate to linear-lanceolate.
    Calyx
    Calyx 8–11(14) mm long, shortly appressed pubescent; lobes narrowly triangular-lanceolate, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Perennial, with a small woody rootstock and several laxly branched ascending stems, up to 5 dm. tall.
    Stem
    Stems 4-angled, sparsely puberulous with small adpressed hairs, sometimes purplish tinged.
    Leaves
    Leaves subsessile, simple; blade lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate or elliptic, up to 35–78 mm. long, 7–20 (–26) mm. wide, acute, glabrous above, sparsely appressed puberulous beneath; petiole up to l(–2) mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules filiform, 1·5–3 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes terminal or leaf-opposed, lax, ± 7–13 cm. long, with up to 8 flowers; bracts filiform, 2–3 mm. long; bracteoles inserted on the receptacle, subulate to linear-lanceolate, 2–4 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 8–11(–14) mm. long, shortly appressed pubescent; lobes narrow, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular, pale yellow, veined reddish-purple and apically pubescent outside; wings ± as long as the keel, greenish yellow; keel strongly rounded about the middle, with a short incurved sometimes slightly circumflexed beak, 8–12(–14) mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, fusiform-cylindrical, ± 34–40 mm. long, 5–7 mm. across, appressed pubescent, many-seeded.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds unknown.
    Habitat
    Brachystegia woodland; 900–1000 m.
    Distribution
    T8
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland, Zambezian grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria adamsonii Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Adamson [321], Malawi K000227484 Unknown type material

    First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 42: 261 (1914)

    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.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 4: 87, t. 5 (1953).
    • Verdoorn in Bothalia 2: 416 (1928).
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 261 (1914).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Polhill, R. M. (1982). A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam 389pp Crotalaria in Africa & Madagasca

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    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.
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    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