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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Tanzania.

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    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian bushland and thicket
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual, with weakly ascending stem and long spreading or decumbent laxly subdivided branches particularly from near the base, up to 3 dm. tall.
    Stem
    Stem slender, sparsely appressed puberulous, glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflets linear-lanceolate, lanceolate or elliptic, up to 30–55 mm. long and 5–15 mm. wide, glabrous above, thinly appressed puberulous beneath; petiole up to 4–6 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules linear, up to 1 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes long and slenderly pedunculate, up to 8–25 cm. long, with ± 8–16 flowers very laxly arranged on the slender rhachis; bracts subulate, up to 1 mm. long; bracteoles inserted at the base of the calyx, very small.
    Calyx
    Calyx ± 3 mm. long, sparsely appressed puberulous; lobes narrowly triangular, ± as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular, clear yellow, with darker veins at the base, glabrous outside; wings obovate-oblong, longer than the keel; keel semiorbicular, with a very short blunt incurved untwisted beak, 3·5–4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, ellipsoid-oblong or oblong, 9–10 mm. long, 4–5 mm. across, thin-walled and dehiscent, thinly appressed puberulous, ± 24–30-seeded.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds unknown.
    Habitat
    Damp grassy places in deciduous bushland, on sandy soil; ± 1000 m.
    Distribution
    T5 known only from the one gathering

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Crotalaria diminuta Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1969 Polhill, R. [2124], Tanzania K000412644 holotype
    Jan 1, 1969 Polhill, R. [2124], Tanzania K000412645 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 25: 286 (1971)

    Accepted by

    • 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
    • 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 25: 286, fig. 5 (1971).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Polhill, R. M. (1982). A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam 389pp Crotalaria in Africa & Madagasca

    Sources

    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