1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria tabularis Baker f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Kenya to Mozambique.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrub or robust somewhat woody herb, 0·7–3 m. tall.
    Branches
    Branches obscurely angled or ribbed, with a short appressed and evanescent indumentum.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets narrowly to broadly elliptic or obovate-elliptic, up to 4·5–8·5 cm. long, 1·8–3·3 cm. wide, bluntly pointed to rounded or slightly retuse, minutely mucronate, cuneate, glabrous above, appressed puberulous beneath; petiole slender, 2·5–8 cm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules filiform, 1–4 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes up to 8–26 cm. long, rather laxly few-many-flowered; bracts linear, ± 3–9 mm. long, caducous; bracteoles inserted near the top of the pedicel or at the base of the calyx, filiform, up to 3–6 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 8–11 mm. long, appressed puberulous; upper lobes narrowly triangular, slightly acuminate, shorter or longer than the tube, with a short white woolly indumentum along the edges inside.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular-obovate, bright yellow, glabrous outside; wings shorter to longer than the keel; keel rounded, with a fairly short twisted beak, (13–)15–18(–20) mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod shortly stipitate, oblong-clavate, ± 45–65 mm. long, 10–13 mm. across, appressed puberulous, somewhat glabrescent, developing a prominent vein network, ± 16–30-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, ± 4 mm. long, smooth, dull ochre.
    Habitat
    Margins of upland rain-forest, upland evergreen bushland and grassland; 1200–2700 m.
    Distribution
    K4 T7 T8
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane(upland) bushland and thicket.
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Shrub 1–3.5 m tall; young branches puberulous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets mostly 4–9 × 2–3.5 cm, elliptic or obovate-elliptic, appressed puberulous beneath; petiole 3–11 cm long, slender; stipules filiform or lacking.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes sublaxly 8–30-flowered; bracts c. 3–9 mm long, linear, caducous; bracteoles near middle of pedicel or above, 1–6 mm long, filiform.
    Calyx
    Calyx 8–11 mm long, appressed puberulous; lobes narrowly triangular, slightly acuminate, lanate along margins inside.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly obovate-elliptic, bright yellow; wings usually as long as the keel; keel (1.3)1.5–2 cm long, rounded, with a slightly incurved twisted beak.
    Fruits
    Pod shortly stipitate, c. 4.5–6 × 1–1.3 cm, oblong-clavate, puberulous, becoming venose, c. 16–30-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 4 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth, dull ochre.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

    Crotalaria tabularis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Malawi K000227372 Unknown type material

    First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 42: 324 (1914)

    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
    • Polhill in Kew Bulletin 22: 307 (1968).
    • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 147 (1962).
    • Verdoorn in Bothalia 2: 399 (1928).
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 324 (1914).
    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
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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