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

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

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland, Zambezian grassland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Small spreading annual; stem 5–10(15) cm tall, branching from the base, appressed pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves all or almost all 3-foliolate, uppermost occasionally 1-foliolate; leaflets 5–20 × 2–10 mm, oblanceolate to oblong-elliptic or obovate, appressed pubescent beneath, sometimes above also; petiole 4–10 mm long, narrowly winged; stipules 0.
    Flowers
    Flowers in small terminal heads or short racemes, also with a few flowers in the axils below; bracts 0.5–1.5 mm long, linear; pedicel 2–4 mm long, without bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Calyx 2.5–3 mm long, appressed puberulous; upper lobes triangular, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic or oblong-obovate, yellow, lined reddish, densely puberulous outside; wings nearly as long as the keel; keel 4–5 mm long, angular, with a narrow twisted beak.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, 3–3.5 mm long, ovoid-globose, appressed puberulous, 2-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1.5 mm long, rounded-cordiform, smooth.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria ephemera Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bidgood, S. [5424], Tanzania K000190654

    First published in Kew Bull. 22: 334 (1968)

    Accepted by

    • 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.

    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