1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria leptoclada Harms

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

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    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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

    Habit
    Low herb of varied habit, producing from an ultimately woody rootstock numerous slender pubescent stems, which may be trailing in open places, ascending in other vegetation or rather strictly erect after burning, up to 15–30 cm tall, ultimately copiously branched.
    Leaves
    Leaves estipulate, sessile, 3-foliolate; leaflets 6–14 × 1.5–3(5) mm, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic-oblong, ± pointed, sparsely to quite densely pilose on both surfaces.
    Flowers
    Flowers 1–2 on filiform leaf-opposed peduncles scattered along the branches; peduncle usually c. 1 cm long, rarely up to 3 cm; bracts 1–3 mm long, linear or linear-lanceolate; bracteoles inserted at or near the top of the pedicel, linear.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3–7 mm long, shortly appressed to rather coarsely pubescent; lobes narrowly attenuate-triangular, usually twice as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic-obovate to subcircular, white becoming flushed red outside or rarely yellow, apically pubescent outside; wings exceeding the keel; keel 3–6 mm long, abruptly rounded with a practically straight tapered beak.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, 1–1.6 cm long, cylindrical, spreading pubescent outside and also inside (at least along lower suture), 6–8-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2–2.5 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Congo, Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria leptoclada Harms appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bidgood, S. [5395], Tanzania K000190625
    Baum, H. [829], Angola K000227491

    First published in O.Warburg (ed.), Kunene-Sambesi Exped.: 255 (1903)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • 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