Crotalaria valida Baker

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Crotalaria valida

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Connemara Lake, World's View

Crotalaria valida

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Connemara Lake, World's View

Crotalaria valida

Photo: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Nr Connemara Lake, World's View

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Synonyms: Crotalaria lachnocarpoides Engl. subsp. valida Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect perennial herb or suffrutex up to 1 m, with 1 to several simple or sparsely-branched tomentose stems. Leaves 3-foliolate, oblong-obovate, with silky hairs, particularly beneath. Upper leaves sometimes 1-foliolate. Flowers in lax terminal racemes, yellow, calyx and keel densely pubescent. Pods broadly cylindric, covered in velvet hairs.
Notes: This species is very similar to Crotalaria lachnocarpoides, which lacks the silvery indumentum on the keel.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In miombo woodland and montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 22 March 2006

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 219.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Page 109.


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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 valida., retrieved 21 October 2016

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