1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria thaumasiophylla Harms

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Trailing perennial herb, with a number of radiating flexuous stems up to 1 m long; younger parts with a ± dense subappressed or generally shortly spreading indumentum.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets mostly 1.5–6.5 × 0.8–3.2 cm, oblanceolate, elliptic or obovate, acute to rounded or retuse with a short recurved apiculum, chartaceous, glabrous and glossy to densely hairy above, ± silky and often silvery tomentose beneath; petiole 3–10(20) mm long; stipules 3–8 mm long, subulate to acuminately triangular, spreading or recurved.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes terminal and leaf-opposed, sometimes aggregated into pseudopanicles by reduction of the foliage on upper branches, up to 2.5–5 cm long, subumbelliform, 3–6(10)-flowered; bracts mostly 2–4 mm long, linear or linear-lanceolate; bracteoles inserted on the pedicel, similar to the bract.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5–9 mm long, with a dense covering of short mostly appressed hairs; lobes narrow, 2–4 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard subcircular or oblate, blue or white inside, reddish and usually pubescent outside; wings yellow, practically as long as the keel; keel 7–9 mm long, abruptly rounded to subangular in the lower half, with a short only slightly incurved beak.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, 1.2–1.6 cm long, oblong-ellipsoid, with a short dense appressed or spreading indumentum outside, usually with hairs inside at least along the suture, 4–6-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 3 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Trailing perennial, with a number of radiating stems up to 1 m. long.
    Stem
    Stems densely pubescent with rather short generally spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets oblanceolate, elliptic or obovate, up to 25–55 mm. long, 10–28 mm. wide, chartaceous, glabrous and glossy to densely hairy above, ± silky and often silvery tomentose beneath; petiole up to 3–23 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules subulate, 3–8 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes subumbelliform, up to 2·5–5 cm. long, with ± 3–6(–10) flowers at the top; bracts linear or linear-lanceolate, 2–4 mm. long; bracteoles inserted on the pedicel, filiform, ± 2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx ± as long as the keel, 5–9 mm. long, densely covered with mostly appressed hairs; lobes narrow, 2–4 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular or oblate, blue or white inside, reddish and usually pubescent outside; wings ± as long as the keel; keel rather narrow, angled in the lower half, with a sharp slightly incurved untwisted beak, 7–9 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, oblong-ellipsoid, 12–16 mm. long, 5–7 mm. across, appressed or spreading pubescent outside, usually with at least some small scattered hairs inside, 4–6-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, ± 3 mm. long, smooth, ochre.
    Habitat
    Brachystegia woodland, persisting on roadsides; 900–1650 m.
    Distribution
    T4 T7 T8
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Crotalaria thaumasiophylla Harms appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bidgood, S. [7703], Tanzania Crotalaria variegata K001091369
    Welwitsch [1968], Angola Crotalaria variegata K000227497
    Milne-Redhead, E. [9370], Tanzania Crotalaria gweloensis 3220.000

    First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 398 (1932)

    Not accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Crotalaria variegata.]

    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.

    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

    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