Crotalaria gazensis Baker f.
subsp. gazensis

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Crotalaria gazensis subsp. gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Vanduzi and Nhandar valleys, Mt Gorongosa

Crotalaria gazensis subsp. gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Vanduzi and Nhandar valleys, Mt Gorongosa

Crotalaria gazensis subsp. gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Vanduzi and Nhandar valleys, Mt Gorongosa

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Status: Native
Small shrub, 1-2m tall. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic-oblong, oblanceolate or obovate, 1-4 cm long, hairless above, pubescent beneath; margins often rolled under; petiole 5-16 mm long. Stipules 1-4 mm long, triangular-lanceolate, recurved. Flowers in few-flowered racemes or sometimes solitary, terminal, often on short lateral branches; bracts up to 2.5 mm long, linear-lanceolate; bracteoles inserted on the pedicel, small and filiform. Standard subcircular, yellow, sometimes with darker lines or reddish tinge; wings longer than the keel; keel 7-10 mm long, strongly rounded and crested behind a short beak. Pods 2-3 cm long, subcylindrical, pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: gazensis: of Gazaland, a historic name for Southern Mozambique.
Habitat: Along margins of montane forest and grassland or bracken scrub, sometimes in miombo woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 2200 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 25 April 2012

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 114 - 115.

Polhill, R.M. (1982). Crotalaria in Africa and Madagascar. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. Page 126.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 96.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crotalaria gazensis subsp. gazensis., retrieved 21 February 2018

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