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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to NE. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual or short-lived perennial, up to 3 dm. tall, with numerous rather long procumbent lower branches spreading from near the base.
    Stem
    Stem finely white appressed pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate-elliptic to obovate, up to 24 mm. long, 14–18 mm. wide, glabrous (except sometimes along the midvein) above, thinly appressed puberulous beneath; petiole up to 15–25 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules absent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes up to 8 cm. long, with a number of fairly closely arranged flowers towards the top; bracts linear, up to 1–2 mm. long; bracteoles inserted at the base of the calyx, oblong or obovate, up to 2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx abruptly contracted at the base, 4–4·5 mm. long, appressed puberulous; lobes narrowly triangular, ± as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular-ovate, yellow, glabrous or puberulous along the midvein outside; wings ± as long as the keel or shorter; keel rounded about the middle, with a short incurved untwisted beak, 6–8(–9) mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, asymmetrically oblong-ellipsoid, slightly curved, up to 14–16 mm. long, 4·5–6 mm. across, densely covered with fine curly and ± spreading hairs outside, densely packed with long hairs inside, ± 12–14-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, ± 2 mm. long, smooth, brown.
    Habitat
    Little known, but does occur in places of impeded drainage and in dry stream beds; 0–1200 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T3 T5
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

    Crotalaria thomasii Harms appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Thomas [57], Kenya K000412613 Unknown type material

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 283 (1899)

    Accepted by

    • 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
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bak. f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 42: 310 (1914).
    • Harms in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 26: 283 (1899).

    Sources

    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