1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria lepidissima Baker f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to NE. Angola.

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    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Guinea-Congolia/Zambezia regional transition zone; woodland., Guinea-Congolia/Zambezia regional transition zone; grassland., Zambezian grassland, Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Stems ultimately numerous from a stout woody rhizomatous rootstock, but flowering from first year of growth, erect to 0.8 m, developing a number of flowering branches above, ribbed, densely covered with fine spreading hairs mostly 0.8–1 mm long.
    Leaves
    Leaves all 3-foliolate or uppermost occasionally 1-foliolate; leaflets 8–35 × 3–10 mm, oblanceolate to oblong-obovate or obovate, pilose beneath and usually also above; petiole 3–15 mm long, channelled or narrowly winged; stipules 0.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes (1.5)3–10(17) cm long, densely many-flowered; bracts 3–6 mm long, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate-caudate, exceeding the pedicel; bracteoles on the pedicel, setaceous.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5–7 mm long, pilose; lobes attenuate-triangular, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard oblong-obovate, clear yellow, sometimes finely reddish lined, subdensely pilose outside; wings as long as the keel; keel 9–11 mm long, angular, with a long narrow twisted beak, conspicuously incurved at the tip.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, 5–6 × 3.5–5 mm, ovoid-globose, pubescent, 1–2-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth, with a slightly swollen rim-aril.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria lepidissima Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Gossweiler, J. [13781], Angola K001294188
    Rogers, F.A. [10404], Congo, DRC K000412821 Unknown type material
    Rogers, F.A. [10404], Congo, DRC K000412822 Unknown type material

    First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 42: 281 (1914)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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.
    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