1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Crotalaria L.
      1. Crotalaria vatkeana Engl.

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Straggling and ascending annual, sometimes with procumbent lower branches, up to 3–15 dm. tall, generally well branched.
    Stem
    Stem thinly covered with appressed hairs, though more densely on youngest parts.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets variable, linear-lanceolate or lanceolate to elliptic or obovate-elliptic, up to 20–70 mm. long, 4–22 mm. wide, glabrous to shortly appressed pubescent above, appressed pubescent beneath; petiole ± 10–20 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules subulate or filiform, 1–3 mm. long, ± recurved, somewhat persistent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes long-pedunculate, up to 13–17 cm. long, with many rather crowded flowers towards the top; bracts linear-caudate, 3–6 mm. long; bracteoles inserted at the base of the calyx, filiform, 3–6·5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx becoming basally truncate and deflexed against the pedicel, 4–4·5 mm. long, subglabrous to appressed pubescent; lobes narrowly triangular, slightly acuminate, ± as long as the tube or shorter.
    Corolla
    Standard obovate-oblong, yellow, veined purple and glabrous outside; wings shorter than the keel; keel shortly rounded about the middle, with a practically straight rather projecting untwisted beak, 8–10 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod subsessile, cylindrical, up to (22–)25–27 mm. long, 5–6 mm. across, shortly and rather thinly pubescent, ± 30-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, ± 2 mm. long, minutely papillose, terracotta.
    Habitat
    Margins and clearings of upland rain-forest, upland evergreen bushland and grassland, also persisting on roadsides and cultivated ground; 1300–3000 m.
    Distribution
    K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland, Afromontane(upland) bushland and thicket.
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania

    Crotalaria vatkeana Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 1, 1965 Schimper [1221], Ethiopia K000412708 isotype

    First published in Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1891(2): 245 (1892)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, 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
    • 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: 380 (1914).
    • Engl., Hochgebirgsfl. Trop. Afr.: 245 (1892).
    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
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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.
    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