African Plant Database

Crotalaria recta Steud. ex A. Rich.
Protologue : Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 152 (1847)  
Information on the genus : Crotalaria
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Crotalaria recta var. katangensis Robyns ex R. Wilczek
=Crotalaria recta subsp. simplex Steud. ex A. Rich.
=Crotalaria simplex A. Rich.
=Crotalaria beniensis De Wild. (1923)
=Crotalaria crepitans Hutch. (1921)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Robust perennial herb with several erect, appressed pubescent, sparingly branched stems 1-3 m tall; stems hollow, ribbed; leaflets linear-elliptic; stipules long, deflexed; racemes long, with stout peduncle, ± dense, many-flowered;
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Ecology : Grassland, sometimes extending into bushland and to forest margins, and at lower altitudes to marshy places; also on cultivated ground; 850-2700 m alt. (E. Africa; 1800-2700 m in Ethiopia); montane savanna (W. Africa); etc...
  Variable in size of leaflets and indumentum of calyx; populations with very hairy calyces and smaller leaflets from NW Zambia and the Katanga (Zaire) have been described as var. katangensis.
  S. Africa (Transvaal), Swaziland.
  Showy and ornamental in flower.

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

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 2: 393-394 (1927).
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 28: t.1104 (1951).
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