1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria platysepala Harv.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland, Zambezian grassland, Kalahari-Highveld Regional Transition Zone - woodland, Kalahari-Highveld regional transition zone; grassland.
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Annual, erect and spreading, (0.1)0.3–1.2 m tall; branches subappressed pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 1.5–7 × 0.4–3 cm, elliptic-oblong to ovate-oblong, appressed pubescent beneath; petiole 1–4.5 cm long; stipules 1.5–4 mm long, linear-caudate.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes mostly 10–30(40) cm long, laxly or sublaxly 16–30(50)-flowered, lateral ones sometimes shorter; buds becoming reflexed, then spreading; bracts 1.5–2.5 mm long, linear-subulate; bracteoles on the calyx, 0.5–1.5 mm long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 4.5–5.5 mm long, thinly pubescent; upper lobes oblong to spathulate, 2–3 times as long as the tube, broadly obtuse, rounded or retuse to the slightly excentric apiculate tip, overlapping lateral lobes in bud, often without woolly hairs along the margins inside.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly elliptic to oblate, yellow, finely lined reddish-brown, pubescent outside; wings nearly as long as the keel; keel 7.5–11 mm long, angular, with a narrow twisted beak, lanate along upper suture.
    Fruits
    Pod shortly stipitate, 8–12 × 5–6 mm, oblong-obovoid, pubescent, 6–8-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 4 × 3.5 mm, oblique-cordiform, smooth, brown.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Common Names

    English
    Wild lucerne

    Crotalaria platysepala Harv. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 17, 2009 Crawford, F. [196], Namibia K000450445
    unknown [11], Botswana K000227380
    Rautanen [225], Namibia K000227116 isosyntype
    Atherstone [8], Botswana K000227381 Unknown type material

    First published in Thes. Cap. 1: 19 (1860)

    Accepted by

    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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.
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Polhill, R. M. (1982). A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam 389pp Crotalaria in Africa & Madagasca

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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

    Plants and People Africa
    Common Names from Plants and People Africa http://www.plantsandpeopleafrica.com/
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