1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria vanmeelii R.Wilczek

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect laxly branched graceful annual, 30–80 cm tall; stem slender, thinly pubescent with short appressed or rather spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves subsessile, simple; blade up to 3–6 × 0.2–0.6 cm, linear to lanceolate-oblong, thinly appressed pubescent beneath; stipules up to 1.5 mm long, setaceous.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes laxly 3–12-flowered; bracts 1–3 mm long, setaceous; bracteoles at the top of the pedicel, similar.
    Calyx
    Calyx 4–7 mm long, appressed or rather spreading pubescent; lobes subulate, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic, yellow, veined brown, turning purplish overall, pubescent outside; wings much shorter than the keel; keel 8.5–12 mm long, bent at right angles in the lower third, with a long straight narrow beak.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, 10–15 × 3–3.5 mm, narrowly cylindrical, thinly pubescent, up to 22-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1.5–2 mm long, cordiform, rugulose, light brown.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect laxly branched graceful annual, 3–8 dm. tall.
    Stem
    Stem slender, thinly appressed or rather spreading pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves subsessile, simple; blade linear to lanceolate-oblong, up to 30–60 mm. long, 2–6 mm. wide, glabrous above, thinly appressed pubescent beneath; petiole ± 1–1·5 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules filiform, up to 1–5 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes lax, up to 16 cm. long, ± 3–13-flowered; bracts filiform, 1–3 mm. long; bracteoles inserted at the top of the pedicel, similar to the bract.
    Calyx
    Calyx 4–7 mm. long, conspicuously appressed or rather spreading pubescent; lobes subulate, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic, yellow, veined brown and pubescent outside; wings much shorter than the keel; keel bent at right-angles in the lower third, with a long straight untwisted beak, 8·5–12 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, cylindrical, 10–15 mm. long, thinly pubescent, up to 22-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds cordiform, 1·5–2 mm. long, rugulose, light brown.
    Habitat
    Brachystegia woodland in sandy places, also persisting on roadsides; 900–1600 m.
    Distribution
    T4
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zambia

    Crotalaria vanmeelii R.Wilczek appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 23: 131 (1953)

    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
    • Wilczek in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 23: 131 (1953).
    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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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