Crotalaria incana L.
subsp. purpurascens (Lam.) Milne-Redh.

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Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Quarry kopje, Cleveland Dam

Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Quarry kopje, Cleveland Dam

Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Quarry kopje, Cleveland Dam

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Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, bushy perennial, up to 2 m, rarely taller. Stems with long, spreading hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic-obovate to almost round, 2.5-5 cm long, thinly hairy below. Flowers in lax terminal racemes, pale yellow with purple-brown veining. Pod 3-4.5 cm long, covered in spreading hairs.
Derivation of specific name: incana: hoary, white
Habitat: Occurring as a weed of disturbed and cultivated places.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mostly through the eastern side of Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 21 September 2007

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 99 - 101.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens
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Flora of Mozambique: Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens
Flora of Zambia: Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crotalaria incana
African Plant Database: Crotalaria incana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crotalaria incana
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Wikipedia: Crotalaria incana

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 incana subsp. purpurascens., retrieved 29 May 2024

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