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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to NE. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Much-branched woody perennial herb 0·3–1·2 m. tall.
    Branches
    Branches tomen-tellous with short appressed silvery-white hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic-obovate, mostly 3·5–6 cm. long, 2–3·5 cm. wide, glabrous or sparsely puberulous above, conspicuously appressed puberulous beneath; petioles mostly 3–6·5 cm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules absent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes shortly pedunculate, 8–22 cm. long, subdensely many-flowered; bracts linear, 1–1·5 mm. long, caducous before the flowers open; bracteoles at the base of calyx, minute.
    Calyx
    Calyx becoming basally truncate and deflexed against the pedicel, 4·5–5·5 mm. long, densely covered with very short appressed hairs; lobes broadly triangular, slightly acuminate, shorter than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly elliptic or obovate-elliptic, rich yellow inside, sometimes flushed crimson-brown outside, medially puberulous; wings nearly as long as the keel; keel rather shallowly rounded about the middle, with a narrow untwisted beak only slightly incurved at the tip, 1·2–1·4 cm. long, flushed crimson-brown.
    Fruits
    Pod clavate-fusiform, narrowed to a 4–5 mm. long stipe, prolonged into a straight stylar beak, altogether 2·6–3 cm. long, 0·7–0·8 cm. across, pubescent, ± 22–28-seeded.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds not seen.
    Habitat
    Deciduous bushland and wooded grassland; 250–900 m.
    Distribution
    K4 K7 T2 not known elsewhere
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai wooded grasslands., Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Crotalaria tsavoana Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Greenway, P.J. [12938], Kenya K000058462

    First published in Kew Bull. 25: 284 (1971)

    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
    • Polhill in Kew Bulletin 25: 284, fig. 4 (1971).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Polhill, R. M. (1982). A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam 389pp Crotalaria in Africa & Madagasca

    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.

    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