Crotalaria shirensis (Baker f.) Milne-Redh.

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Crotalaria shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Crotalaria shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Crotalaria shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Crotalaria shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Crotalaria shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Crotalaria shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Crotalaria shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

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Synonyms: Crotalaria bongensis Baker f. var. shirensis Baker f.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Slender, erect, branched annual, 5-30 cm tall. Leaves simple, subsessile, linear-oblong to narrowly elliptic, 2-6 cm long; stipules 1-3 mm long. Flowers in slender, laxly 1-3-flowered racemes. Standard pale yellow inside with a darker red-fringed mark at the base, reddish veined and hairless outside; wings brighter yellow, shorter than the keel; keel bent at right angles with a forward pointing beak, 4-6 mm long. Pod 8-13 mm long, sparsely pubescent, 15-20-seeded.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: shirensis: of the Shire Highlands in Malawi, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: On sandy and clay soils in miombo woodland, short grassland and disturbed places, often in soil pockets on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, CAR, DRC (Katanga), Burundi, western Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 23 December 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 156.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 218.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 47.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 162 - 164. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 59.

Polhill, R.M. (1982). Crotalaria in Africa and Madagascar. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. Pages 242 - 243. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crotalaria shirensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128230, retrieved 27 September 2016

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