African Plant Database

Crotalaria capensis Jacq.
Protologue : Stapel. Hort. Vindob. Cult. 3: 36
Information on the genus : Crotalaria
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Crotalaria capensis var. obscura E. Mey.
=Crotalaria ceciliae I. Verd. (1927)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Bushy shrub with terete, appressedly silky to roughly hairy branches, 1-3 m tall; stipules foliaceous, 8-22(-30) mm long, usually persistent; flowers large; pods to 5 cm long, with stipe 0,7-1,5 cm long.
Ecology : Various types of grassland and bushland, less often in tree or shrub savanna, but persisting in disturbed places; forest margins; 0-1830 m alt.
  Variable species: in indumentum, leaflet shape, stipule development, calyx length. Specimens of northern populations often confused with C. bequetii and C. laburnifolia.
  S. Africa (E Cape-Natal), Swaziland.
  Widely grown as an ornamental since 18th century, freely naturalized in the Cape.
  Records from Zaire (Haut-Katanga) doubtful (specimens lost).

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 2: 379-380 (1927).
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 10: t.386 (1930).
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