1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria leptocarpa Balf.f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa to Kenya, Arabian Peninsula.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Diffuse perennial, with a narrow taproot, which is sometimes branched and spreading underground, and many ascending or mostly prostrate much branched stems.
    Stem
    Stems very slender, appressed puberulous to subglabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets linear-lanceolate to obovate, (6–) 12–35 mm. long, 1–9 mm. wide, glabrous above, appressed puberulous to subglabrous beneath, but with at least a few hairs along the midvein; petiole ± 4–12 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules subulate-caudate, 1–4 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes very lax, up to 2·5–14 cm. long, with ± 3–12 flowers on the filiform rhachis; bracts linear, ± 1 mm. long; bracteoles inserted on the pedicel, very small, or absent.
    Calyx
    Calyx as long as the keel, appressed puberulous; lobes triangular-lanceolate, longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard obovate, yellow with crimson veins, puberulous along the midvein outside; wings lanceolate to obovate, longer than the keel; keel strongly rounded, with a rather short circumflexed beak, 4–5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, laterally much flattened, elliptic-lanceolate, elliptic-falcate or shortly elliptic-oblong in outline, up to 13–22 mm. long, 5–7 mm. wide, membranous, appressed puberulous, ± 10–12-seeded.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds unknown.
    Habitat
    Open places in deciduous bushland, semi-desert grassland and lava plains; 390–1350 m.
    Distribution
    K1 Somali Republic to Socotra and tropical Arabia
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Socotra, Somalia, Yemen

    Crotalaria leptocarpa Balf.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1978 Gilbert, M.G. [1181], Kenya K000058296
    Jan 1, 1977 Gilbert, M.G. [1102], Kenya K000058298
    Gillett, J.B. [13929], Kenya K000058295
    Gilbert, M.G. [1359], Kenya K000058297
    Stannard, B. [1052], Kenya K000058299
    unknown [149], Socotra K000412749 isotype
    unknown [664], Socotra K000412751
    Schweinfurth [722], Socotra K000412750
    Newbould, J.B. [3493], Kenya K000058300
    Newbould, J.B. [3493], Kenya K000058301
    Someren, G.R.C. van [922], Kenya K000058302

    First published in Bot. Socotra: 66 (1888)

    Accepted by

    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
    • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
    • 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
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
    • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Balf.f., Bot. Socotra: 66, t. 14/A (1888).
    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
    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