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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual or short-lived perennial, with a shortly erect leading shoot and long procumbent lower branches, subsequently developing several other radiating prostrate to slightly ascending stems.
    Stem
    Stems slender, laxly branched, up to 5–8·5 dm. long, sparsely pilose.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leafletsvariable in shape, mostly oblanceolate-elliptic to obovate, up to 14–30 mm. long, 5–16 mm. wide, but sometimes with others particularly on the leading shoot much longer and proportionally narrower, linear-lanceolate, up to 36–65 mm. long, 4–8 mm. wide, glabrous above, thinly appressed pilose beneath; petiole ± 13–35 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules subulate to filiform, 2–5 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes long and slenderly pedunculate, up to 12–45 cm. long, with few to many flowers widely spaced on the very slender rhachis; bracts linear-lanceolate, 1–1·5 mm. long; bracteoles inserted at the base of the calyx, subulate, ± 1 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3–4 mm. long, sparsely pilose; upper lobes narrowly attenuate-triangular, a little longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular, yellow veined reddish-brown, puberulous along the midvein outside or glabrous; wings a little longer than the keel; keel rounded about the middle, with a short untwisted beak, 4–5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, sub-globose-ellipsoid, 8–9·5 mm. long, 6–8 mm. across, spreading pubescent, ± 14–20-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, ± 2 mm. long, slightly rugulose, orange-brown.
    Habitat
    Open grassy places in Brachystegia woodland and Acacia bushland, grassland and dunes near seashore; up to ± 50 m.
    Distribution
    K7 not known elsewhere
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia

    Crotalaria malindiensis Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 1, 1965 Bogdan, A. [2523], Kenya K000058636
    Feb 1, 1965 Rawlins, S.P. [926], Kenya K000058630
    Feb 1, 1965 Gillespie, J.B. [220], Kenya K000058632
    Feb 1, 1965 Tweedie [1256], Kenya K000058633
    Robertson, S.A. [6544], Kenya K000058629
    Kuchar, P. [5886], Kenya K000058631

    First published in Kew Bull. 22: 286 (1968)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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: 286, fig. 25 (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.
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    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