1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria ballyi Polhill

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Somalia, N. & Central Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial, with numerous well-branched prostrate stems, up to 2·5 dm. long.
    Stem
    Stems slender, 4-angled, minutely puberulous, glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets oblanceolate to obovate, up to 12 mm. long and 5 mm. wide, glabrous above, with a few small scattered bristly hairs beneath; petiole slender, up to 10 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules foliaceous, obliquely ovate-oblong, cordate, 4–6 mm. long, 3–4 mm. wide, subglabrous, persistent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes lax, up to 8 cm. long, ± 8–12-flowered; bracts cordate, ± 3 mm. long; bracteoles absent.
    Calyx
    Calyx ± 2 mm. long, glabrous; lobes subtriangular, acuminate, longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular, yellow, glabrous outside; wings obovate-oblong, longer than the keel; keel shortly rounded, with practically no beak, ± 2·5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, shortly subcylindrical, 7–8 mm. long, 3·5 mm. across, thinly appressed puberulous, ± 10-seeded.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds unknown.
    Habitat
    Deciduous bushland; 250–950 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere K1 K4
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia

    Crotalaria ballyi Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1978 Gilbert, M.G. [1488], Kenya K000058303
    Bally, P.R.O. [9086], Kenya K000058304
    Arende, J.D. [2656], Kenya K000058305

    First published in Kew Bull. 22: 299 (1968)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The 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
    • Polhill in Kew Bulletin 22: 299, fig. 29 (1968).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    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