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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Bushy shrub, up to 1.3 m tall, dullish tomentose on the branches.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate, uppermost sometimes very reduced in size; leaflets mostly 2–5 × 0.8–1.5 cm, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, dull-coloured with a short rather dense appressed pubescence on both surfaces; petioles 1–3 mm long; stipules inconspicuous.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes laxly few-flowered, sometimes aggregated into pseudopanicles by reduction of upper lateral flowering branches; bracts up to 2 mm long, linear; bracteoles very small.
    Calyx
    Calyx 6–8 mm long, densely appressed puberulous; upper lobes on either side oblong, obliquely truncate, coherent with the short bluntly triangular lateral lobe, shorter than the tube.
    Corolla
    Standard oblate, yellow, shaded brown and tomentellous outside; wings shorter than the keel; keel 1–1.2 cm long, semicircular, crested behind the short beak.
    Fruits
    Pod including the 5–7 mm long stipe c. 2.5 cm long, narrowly oblong-clavate, rather densely appressed pubescent, 10–12-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3.5–4 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth, pale yellow.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub

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    Distribution

    Crotalaria tristis Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Richards, H.M. [8239], Zambia K000227463 holotype
    Richards, H.M. [8239], Zambia K000227464 holotype

    First published in Crotalaria Africa & Madagascar: 122 (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