African Plant Database

Crotalaria shirensis (Baker f.) Milne-Redh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 15(1): 159 (1961)
Information on the genus : Crotalaria
Basionym : Crotalaria bongensis var. shirensis Baker f.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Crotalaria bongensis var. shirensis Baker f.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect annual herb, 5-25(-40) cm tall, sometimes much-branched; stem thread-like; leaves simple, ± linear; racemes slender, lax, 1-3-flowered; flowers small; standard pale yellow with darker red-fringed mark at base inside, reddish veined outside.
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Ecology : Brachystegia and other deciduous woodlands, (upland) short grassland; among grass in stony soil on slope near rocky outcrop in Brachystegia woodland; on sand, clay, red loam, gravel; on granite whale-back in damp ground; sandy lateritic etc...
  Very similar to C. teretifolia and C. minutissima ; in southern part of range approaching C. minutissima.

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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