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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Similar to C. ringoetii but stems more leafy, the branches, if any, more crowded, the racemes subdense, the linear bracts as long as the pedicels, the standard becoming reddish lined and sometimes splotched but without red fringed dark yellow patches at the base inside, and the seeds with a prominent aril exceeding the hilar sinus.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect annual, up to 6·5 dm. tall, simple or ultimately with ascending branches above.
    Stem
    Stem slender, appressed puberulous or pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflets linear-oblanceolate to oblanceolate-oblong, up to 15–30 mm. long and 2·5–4 mm. wide, acute to rounded at the apex, glabrous above, thinly appressed puberulous or pubescent beneath; petiole up to 3 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules absent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes sessile, dense, up to 7 cm. long, many-flowered, developing other short racemes or clusters of flowers in many of the axils below; bracts linear, 1–3 mm. long, shorter or longer than the pedicel; bracteoles absent.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3–4 mm. long, with the tube protracted on the lower side, appressed puberulous or pubescent, sometimes rather sparsely so; upper lobes narrowly attenuate-triangular, longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly elliptic-obovate, yellow, veined reddish-brown, usually with at least a few hairs at the apex outside; wings shorter than the keel; keel bent at right-angles in the lower third, with a narrow twisted beak slightly incurved at the tip, 4–5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, subglobose-ovoid, 4–5 mm. long, shortly appressed pubescent, 1–2-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds subcordiform, up to 2 mm. long, with a prominent aril, smooth, maroon or brown.
    Habitat
    Swampy or marshy depressions in general areas of Brachystegia woodland; 1200–1500 m.
    Distribution
    T4 T5
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian grassland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria passerinoides Taub. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 204 (1895)

    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
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 257 (1914).
    • Taub. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 204 (1895).
    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