1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria spartioides DC.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Botswana to Namibia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect virgate shrubby plant, 0.4–2 m tall; branches glaucous, ribbed, mostly rather slender, sparsely strigulose to finely appressed pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1-foliolate, estipulate; leaflets usually mostly 10–30 × 0.8–2.5 mm, needle-like, linear or less often linear-oblanceolate, subglabrous to shortly hairy; petiole 0.5–4(6) mm long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes laxly 6–24-flowered; bracts 1–3 mm long, linear or linear-lanceolate; bracteoles usually on the upper part of the 3–6 mm long pedicel, minute.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5–7 mm long, subglabrous to appressed puberulous; lobes narrowly triangular or subulate, ± as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic, bright yellow, usually at least sparsely hairy outside; wings shorter than the keel; keel angled in the lower part with a long straight beak, usually not darker coloured at the tip, 11–14 mm long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, 10–12 × 5–6 mm, oblong-ellipsoid to shortly cylindrical, at least sparsely appressed puberulous, 6–8-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.5–3 mm long, broadly oblique-cordiform, papillose, brownish.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Kalahari-Highveld Regional Transition Zone - woodland, Kalahari-Highveld regional transition zone; grassland., Kalahari-Highveld regional transition zone; bushland and thicket.
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Namibia, Northern Provinces

    Crotalaria spartioides DC. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Burchell, W.J. [2336] K000227342 Unknown type material

    First published in Prodr. 2: 128 (1825)

    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.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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