1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria massaiensis Taub.

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

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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

    Habit
    Procumbent or spreading perennial, much branched from the base, sometimes with underground runners.
    Branches
    Branches very slender, usually rather thinly appressed or somewhat spreading pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate or lanceolate-elliptic, up to 7–30 mm. long, 2–5(–10) mm. wide, glabrous or pilose above, thinly appressed pilose beneath; petiole slender, up to 5–19 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules subulate or filiform, 1–1·5(–2) mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes long and very slenderly pedunculate, with ± 6–18 very laxly arranged flowers; bracts subulate, 0·5–1 (–2) mm. long; bracteoles inserted at the base of the calyx or a little below, filiform or subulate, 0·5–1 (–1·5) mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3–4 mm. long, appressed pubescent or subglabrous; lobes triangular, ± as long as the tube or longer.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular or oblate, cream to yellow, veined purple and glabrous outside; wings shorter than the keel to a little longer; keel strongly rounded, with a generally rather short straight untwisted beak, 4–6(–8) mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, shortly cylindrical, 8–11 mm. long, 3·5–4·5 mm. across, appressed pubescent, ± 20–24-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, ± 1·5 mm. long, rugulose, brown.
    Habitat
    Deciduous bushland and semi-desert scrub, often in sandy, rocky and lava strewn places; 180–1350 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K4 K6 K7 U1

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

    Crotalaria massaiensis Taub. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Tweedie, E.M. [1847] 752.000

    First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 205 (1895)

    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
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 368 (1914).
    • Taub. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 205 (1895).
    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.

    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