African Plant Database

Crotalaria polysperma Kotschy
Protologue : Reliq. Kotschy. 18. t. 14 (1868)
Information on the genus : Crotalaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Crotalaria grantii Baker (1871)
=Crotalaria polysperma subsp. stewartii (Baker) Baker f.
=Crotalaria stewartii Baker (1871)
=Crotalaria winkleri Baker f. (1911)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect annual herb, well-branched, appressed- and spreading-hairy, 0,3-1,2 m tall; leaflets large, ± of same length as petiole; stipules filiform, 8-16 mm long; racemes lax; flowers large, blue, calyx accrescent; pod long, clavate, with up to 100 seeds.
Ecology : Wooded grassland, Acacia-Commiphora bushland, deciduous bushland, grassland of dry and seasonally inundated places; also roadsides and cultivated ground; 0-2100 m alt. (c. 1000-2000-2400 m, Ethiopia).
  Variable in indumentum and size of pods (divergent forms in NE Tanzania).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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