Crotalaria cylindrostachys Welw. ex Baker

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Crotalaria cylindrostachys

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Just south of Chikwenya Camp

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Status: Native
Erect annual 0.3‒1.2 m tall, with usually numerous hirsute ascending branches. Leaves shortly petiolate, 1-foliolate, pilose, often sparsely so, on both surfaces; stipules 4‒8 mm long, filiform. Racemes up to 17(23) cm long, dense, many-flowered; bracts 5‒7 mm long, filiform. Pod sessile, 6‒8 mm long, subglobose, densely brown villous, 2-seeded.
Derivation of specific name: cylindrostachys = cylindrical spike, referring to the shape of the inflorescence
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: FZ distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe; Angola, Tanzania
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

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) Page 149.

Polhill, R.M. (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Page 149.

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Flora of Malawi: Crotalaria cylindrostachys
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crotalaria cylindrostachys
African Plant Database: Crotalaria cylindrostachys
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crotalaria cylindrostachys
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crotalaria cylindrostachys., retrieved 26 February 2024

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