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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect annual 10–30 cm tall, sometimes with a few weak branches from the base, with numerous mostly suppressed flowering branches above; stem densely covered with short stiff appressed to slightly spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly 3-foliolate, but with reduced and 1-foliolate leaves on abbreviated flowering branches; leaflets 7–35 × 2–13 mm, oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-oblong or obovate, appressed puberulous beneath; petiole 3–18 mm long, narrowly winged; stipules 0.
    Flowers
    Flowers in clusters or short racemes, terminal and on much reduced 1–2 leaved branches in the axils below, also in the axils below that; bracts 0.5–1 mm long, linear; pedicel 1.5–3 mm long, without bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Calyx 2–3 mm long, strigulose-puberulous, densely so on the tube, less densely on the lobe surfaces but very densely in a fringe on the lobe margins; upper lobes obliquely triangular-lanceolate, curved on the upper side, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic-obovate, yellow lined reddish-brown, tomentellous outside; wings ± as long as the keel; keel 4–5 mm long, angular, with a twisted beak.
    Fruits
    Pod sessile, 3.5–4 mm long, ovoid-globose, appressed puberulous, 2-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1.5–2 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

    Distribution

    Crotalaria praetexta Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Crotalaria Africa & Madagascar: 368 (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
    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