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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tanzania to Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Small annual, with a very short stem and relatively long radiating procumbent branches from the base; branches slender, 5–10 cm long, appressed puberulous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate (uppermost often ± suppressed); leaflets 6–14 × 5–13 mm, obovate-circular, rounded or retuse at the apex, appressed puberulous beneath; petiole 3–12 mm long; stipules 0.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes subumbelliform, with 3–8 flowers at the top of the slender peduncle, 2–6.5 cm long; bracts 0.7–1 mm long, subulate; pedicel 2–5 mm long, without bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Calyx c. 3 mm long, appressed puberulous; upper lobes narrowly triangular, 1.5–2 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard obovate, yellow, sometimes lined reddish-brown, puberulous outside at least towards the apex and margins; wings shorter than the keel; keel 4–5 mm long, angular, with a narrow twisted beak.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, 7–9 × 3–3.5 mm, subcylindrical, slightly broadened basally, slightly curved along the upper suture, puberulous, 12–16-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1 mm long, broadly cordiform, smooth.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian grassland, Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Small annual, with a very short stem and relatively long radiating procumbent or slightly ascending branches from the base up to 10 cm. long.
    Branches
    Branches very slender, appressed puberulous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate-orbicular, up to 10–14 mm. long, 8–13 mm. wide, rounded or retuse at the apex, glabrous or subglabrous above, appressed puberulous beneath; petiole up to 4–6(–12) mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules absent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes subumbelliform, with ± 3–5(–8) flowers at the top of the slender peduncle, 3–6·5 cm. long; bracts filiform or subulate, up to 1 mm. long; bracteoles absent.
    Calyx
    Calyx ± 3 mm. long, with the tube protracted on the lower side, appressed puberulous; upper lobes narrowly attenuate-triangular, longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard obovate, yellow, puberulous outside at least towards the apex and margin; wings shorter than the keel; keel bent at right-angles in the lowerthird, with a well-developed narrow twisted beak, 4–5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, narrow, practically cylindrical, a little broader towards the base, slightly curved along the upper suture, 7–9 mm. long, 3 mm. across, ± 12–16-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds broadly cordiform, it 1 mm. long, without a prominent aril, smooth, ochre.
    Habitat
    Uncertain in Tanganyika, but probably a pioneer of bare ground in deciduous woodland; ± 1000m.
    Distribution
    T4

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria sertulifera Taub. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 23: 178 (1896)

    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: 230, fig. 15 (1953).
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 384 (1914).
    • Taub. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 23: 178 (1896).
    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