1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria subcaespitosa Polhill

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to Malawi.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Stems numerous, ascending from a vertical woody rootstock, 10–25 cm long, slightly angular and ribbed, puberulous with short appressed and slightly longer spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 10–25 × 4–8 mm, oblanceolate to elliptic-oblong, appressed puberulous beneath; petiole 1–6 mm long; stipules 1–3 mm long, linear-subulate.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes lax, 4–12 cm long, c. 8–16-flowered; bracts 1.5–4 mm long, linear-lanceolate; bracteoles on the pedicel, setaceous.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5–6 mm long, appressed puberulous; lobes triangular, slightly acuminate, 1.3–2 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic, bright yellow, lined or flushed reddish outside and puberulous near the apex; wings nearly as long as the keel; keel 8–9 mm long, angular, with a narrow twisted beak.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, 9–15 × 7–10 mm, obliquely oblong-obovoid, slightly compressed laterally, puberulous, 8–16-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2–2.5 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth, brown.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland, Afromontane grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

    Crotalaria subcaespitosa Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1974 Whyte, A. [64], Malawi K000227376 syntype
    Jan 1, 1974 Whyte, A. [64], Malawi K000227377 isosyntype
    Jan 1, 1974 Whyte, A. [64], Malawi K000227378 syntype

    First published in Kew Bull. 22: 321 (1968)

    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.
    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