1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria luondeensis R.Wilczek

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. DR Congo to S. Tanzania and N. Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Stems numerous, erect from a woody rootstock, 15–45 cm tall, sometimes developing short branches above, tomentose with long fine twisted hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 10–20 × 1–4 mm, linear-oblanceolate, pointed, tomentose beneath; petiole 1–5 mm long; stipules 0.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 2–8 cm long, subdensely many-flowered, sometimes a few other flowers in the axils below; bracts 2–4 mm long, linear to linear-lanceolate, a little shorter to a little longer than the pedicel; bracteoles on the pedicel, setaceous.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3.5–5 mm long, tomentose; upper lobes triangular, 1.5–2 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard obovate to obovate-circular, yellow, turning orange, medially pubescent to extensively subtomentose outside; wings nearly as long as the keel; keel 7–8 mm long, angular, with a straight twisted beak.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, 5–6 mm long, ovoid-globose, tomentose, 4–6-seeded.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds not seen.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial with numerous slender stems from a woody rootstock, ascending to 1·5–4·5 dm. tall.
    Stem
    Stems simple or ultimately with relatively short flowering branches towards the top, very densely pilose with fine silvery to golden slightly spreading crimped hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets linear-oblan-ceolate to oblanceolate, up to 9–20 mm. long and 1–3 mm. wide, pointed, apiculate, mostly folded lengthwise, densely pilose on both surfaces; petiole relatively short, 1–5 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules absent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes sessile, dense, up to 2–8 cm. long, many-flowered and sometimes with a few other flowers in the axils below; bracts linear to linear-lanceolate, 2–4 mm. long, mostly a little shorter than the pedicel; bracteoles inserted on the pedicel, filiform, up to 1–2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3·5–5 mm. long, with the tube protracted on the lower side, tomentose; upper lobes triangular, scarcely longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard obovate-orbicular, yellow, turning orange, pubescent medially to rather extensively subtomentose outside; wings scarcely shorter than the keel; keel bent practically at right-angles in the lower third, with a narrow almost straight twisted beak, 7–8 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, subglobose, ± 6 mm. in diameter, tomentose, ± 4–6-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds unknown.
    Habitat
    Upland grassland; ± 2600m.
    Distribution
    T7 T8
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaïre

    Crotalaria luondeensis R.Wilczek appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 23: 209 (1953)

    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.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Wilczek in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 23: 209 (1953)
    • Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 4: 252 (1953).
    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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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