1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria oocarpa Baker

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Burundi to N. Malawi.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Similar to C. pilosiflora but less robust, leaflets mostly 1–2.5 × 0.4–1 cm, oblanceolate to obovate, apically rounded, pilose on both surfaces, the flowers and pods often rather smaller.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland, Somalia-Masai grasslands
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect, straggling or rarely somewhat procumbent annual or short-lived perennial, up to 1(–2) m. tall, much branched.
    Stem
    Stem pilose with fine spreading yellowish or white hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly crowded on very short axillary shoots, appearing fasciculate, 3-foliolate; leaflets oblanceolate, rarely obovate, up to 12–20 mm. long, 4–9 mm. wide, thinly pilose on both surfaces; petiole ± 5–17 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules attenuate-subulate, up to 3 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences of 2 sorts, both pedunculate terminal or leaf-opposed racemes, up to 4–13 cm. long, with few to numerous somewhat laxly arranged flowers, and also with 1–4 flowers on axes up to 2 cm. long apparently axillary from the leaf-clusters; bracts linear-caudate, ± as long as the pedicel or longer, 3–7 mm. long; bracteoles inserted on the upper part of the pedicel, filiform, up to 4 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5·5–8 mm. long, with the tube slightly protracted on the lower side, spreading pilose; upper lobes very narrowly attenuate-triangular, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly elliptic or suborbicular, yellow, veined reddish-brown and densely rather spreading pubescent outside; wings oblong-obovate, nearly as long as the keel; keel bent at right-angles in the lower half, with a narrow twisted beak, (8–) 10–12 mm. long, lanate along the upper margin.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, ellipsoid or obovoid-ellipsoid, 8–16 mm. long, 6–9 mm. across, pilose outside and sparsely so inside, ± 8–10-seeded, rarely less.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, ± 3 mm. long, smooth, brownish.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Malawi, Tanzania

    Crotalaria oocarpa Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1897: 252 (1897)

    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 Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 4: 142 (1953).
    • Verdoorn in Bothalia 2: 408 (1928), pro parte, excl. syn. C. pilosiflora Bak.
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 339 (1914), pro parte.
    • Bak. in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1897: 252 (1897).
    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