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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect, trailing or scrambling annual or short-lived perennial, up to 1·5 m. tall, laxly branched.
    Stem
    Stem usually sparsely pubescent with appressed or rather long spreading hairs, glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate to broadly elliptic, with the upper ones longer and narrower, up to 4·2–8 cm. long and 1·5–3(–6) cm. wide, glabrous above, appressed pubescent beneath; petiole 1·5–5 cm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules subulate-caudate, up to 2–3(–5) mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes long-pedunculate, up to 33–45 cm. long, with many fairly closely arranged flowers; bracts subulate-caudate, 2–4(–5) mm. long; bracteoles inserted near the top of the pedicel or at the base of the calyx, ± 1–2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5–7 mm. long, thinly appressed puberulous; lobes acuminately triangular, longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic-obovate, yellow, veined dark red, glabrous outside; wings little more than half as long as the keel; keel strongly rounded about the middle, with a rather long much narrowed and incurved untwisted beak, 13–14 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod shortly stipitate, cylindrical, 26–33 mm. long, 6–8 mm. across, shortly rather spreading pubescent, ± 24–40-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordi-form, ± 3 mm. long, low and irregularly papillose, brown.
    Figures
    Fig. 128, p. 929.
    Habitat
    Deciduous and secondary coastal buahland and grassland; also persisting on cultivated ground; under 50 m.
    Distribution
    K7 not known elsewhere
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; bushland and thicket., Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland.
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb

    Images

    Distribution

    Crotalaria grata Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 1, 1965 Graham, R.M. [2076], Kenya K000058568
    Feb 1, 1965 Rawlins, S.P. [781], Kenya K000058566
    Feb 1, 1965 Rawlins, S.P. [790], Kenya K000058567
    Feb 1, 1965 MacNaughton, G.M. [138], Kenya K000058564
    Feb 1, 1965 MacNaughton, G.M. [2717], Kenya K000058565

    First published in Kew Bull. 22: 282 (1968)

    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 22: 282, fig. 23 (1968).
    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.
    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