Crotalaria laburnifolia L.
subsp. australis (Baker f.) Polhill

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Synonyms: Crotalaria australis (Baker f.) I. Verd.
Crotalaria petiolaris Franch. var. australis Baker f.
Common names: Oldland rattlepod (English) Wild sunhemp (English)
Status: Native
See subsp. laburnifolia for general description. This subsp. is distinguished by the leaves being hairless, never obovate, rounded at the apex and sometimes emarginate. The pods are longer, up to 10.5 cm, with the base tapering into the stipe, which is less than half as long as the pod.
Derivation of specific name: laburnifolia: with leaves resembling a Laburnum (another genus in Papilionoideae); australis: southern.
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SE
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 89 - 90. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 291. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

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 90 - 93.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 63.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 23.

Other sources of information about Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis:

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Flora of Mozambique: Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crotalaria laburnifolia
African Plant Database: Crotalaria laburnifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Crotalaria laburnifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Crotalaria laburnifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Crotalaria laburnifolia
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iNaturalist: Crotalaria laburnifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crotalaria laburnifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Crotalaria laburnifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crotalaria laburnifolia
Plants of the World Online: Crotalaria laburnifolia
Tropicos: Crotalaria laburnifolia
Wikipedia: Crotalaria laburnifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis., retrieved 20 July 2024

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