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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. South Sudan, SW. Ethiopia, Kenya.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai grasslands
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Bushy short-lived perennial, up to 6–14 dm. tall.
    Stem
    Stem densely covered with rather short whitish slightly spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic or obovate, up to 30–66 mm. long, 12–36 mm. wide, densely pubescent on both surfaces when young, later somewhat glabrescent; petiole 40–80 mm. long.
    Stipules
    Stipules filiform, mostly 3–6 mm. long, rarely smaller and rather obscure.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes up to 16–50 cm. long, with many fairly closely arranged flowers; bracts longer than the flowering pedicel, linear, 4–7 mm. long, somewhat persistent; bracteoles inserted on the upper part of the pedicel, filiform, up to 2–3 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 10–14 mm. long, densely short pubescent; lobes narrowly attenuate-lanceolate, ± 3 times as long as the tube, reflexed.
    Corolla
    Standard suborbicular, bright yellow, usually with a wine-coloured mark at the base inside, turning reddish overall with age, pubescent outside; wings oblong-obovate, much longer than the keel; keel strongly rounded, with a rather short incurved blunt beak which becomes slightly twisted at the tip in the older flowers, 11–14 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod oblong-clavate, narrowed into a 4–6 mm. long stipe, (35–)43–55 mm. long, up to 11–12 mm. across, tomentellous, ± 24–36-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblique-cordiform, laterally compressed, 3·5–4 mm. long, markedly rugulose, brown.
    Habitat
    Upland grassland, edges of riverine forest and grassland with scattered Acacia; 550–1550 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K4

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan

    Crotalaria verdcourtii Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1965 Verdcourt [3264], Kenya K000412783 holotype
    Jan 1, 1965 Verdcourt [3264], Kenya K000412784 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 22: 249 (1968)

    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
    • Polhill in Kew Bulletin 22: 249, fig. 13/1, 2 (1968).
    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.
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    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