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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect annual 0.8–1.5 m tall, developing numerous slender flowering branches above, densely silvery appressed pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly 3-foliolate, upper ones 1-foliolate; leaflets 10–20 × 0.7–2 mm, linear-oblanceolate, pubescent beneath; petiole 2–4 mm long; stipules 0.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 8–20 cm long, laxly 10–30-flowered, with other flowers on shorter racemes or in the axils below; bracts 1.5–2.5 mm long, linear-subulate to linear-lanceolate; pedicel 4–7 mm long, with setaceous bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3.5–4 mm long, densely covered with fine irregularly arranged hairs; upper lobes triangular, 1.5–2.5 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly elliptic, yellow, later flushed reddish, silvery tomentellous outside; wings a little shorter than the keel; keel 1–1.2 cm long, angular, with a long narrow twisted beak hooked inwards at the tip.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, 5–7 × 4–5 mm, shortly ovoid-ellipsoid, densely pubescent, 10–12-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1.5 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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    Distribution

    Crotalaria blanda Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Fanshawe, D.B. [8574], Zambia K000227404 holotype

    First published in Crotalaria Africa & Madagascar: 348 (1982)

    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.
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Polhill, R. M. (1982). A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam 389pp Crotalaria in Africa & Madagasca

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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