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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to N. Zambia.

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    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian grassland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Procumbent or ascending rather bushy annual or short-lived perennial; branches slender, pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 1–2.8 × 0.4–1 cm, oblanceolate to elliptic-obovate, thinly appressed pubescent above, more densely so beneath; petioles 3–10 mm long; stipules 1–2 mm long, linear to linear-lanceolate.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes laxly 2–6-flowered, with slender rhachis; bracts 1–2 mm long, filiform to linear-lanceolate; bracteoles on the pedicel, minute.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3.5–5 mm long, appressed pubescent; lobes narrow, more than twice as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard broadly elliptic, pale yellow, with a few hairs apically; wings distinctly shorter than the keel; keel 4–5 mm long, strongly rounded, crested behind the small circumflexed beak.
    Fruits
    Pod 1.2–1.3 cm long, shortly stipitate, subcylindrical, slightly broadened upwards, appressed pubescent, 8–12-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.5–3 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth, brownish or ochre.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zambia, Zaïre

    Crotalaria modesta Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Richards, H.M. [9146], Zambia K000227480 holotype

    First published in Crotalaria Africa & Madagascar: 129 (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.
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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