1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria comanestiana Volkens & Schweinf.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Much-branched rather straggling erect perennial, up to 1·3 m. tall.
    Branches
    Branches densely white appressed tomentellous; bark becoming slightly fissured and peeling.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3(–4)-foliolate; leaflets narrowly to broadly elliptic or obovate, up to 38–65 mm. long, 27–45 mm. wide, glabrous above, appressed pubescent beneath; petiole ± 30–70 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules filiform. 1–4 mm. long, rather persistent or deciduous.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes up to 9–40 cm, long, with a number of fairly closely arranged flowers; bracts linear or subulate, 1–4 mm. long, somewhat persistent or caducous; bracteoles inserted at the base of the calyx, filiform or subulate, up to 1·5–3·5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5–7(–8) mm. long, appressed pubescent; lobes deltoid or triangular, usually a little shorter than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular, yellow, turning orange or brown with reddish or purplish veins, glabrous or with a few hairs medially outside; wings usually a little shorter than the keel; keel rounded below the middle, with a well-developed straight or slightly incurved untwisted beak, (15–) 17–23 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod oblong -clavate, gradually tapered into a 5–7 mm. long stipe, 35–50 mm. long, 10–12 mm. across, appressed pubescent outside, glabrous inside, ± 20–26-seeded.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds unknown.
    Habitat
    Deciduous bushland, in open stony places or depressions with impeded drainage and clay soils or flood plains; 750–1200 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K4 K6 T2 T7
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

    Crotalaria comanestiana Volkens & Schweinf. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Liste Pl. Somalis: 203 (1897)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 325 (1914).
    • Vollens & Schweinf. in Liste de Pl. recolt. par Pr. Ghika-gomanesti: 5 (1897).
    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

    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