Crotalaria microcarpa Hochst. ex Benth.

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Crotalaria microcarpa

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Conservation Lower Zambezi

Crotalaria microcarpa

Photo: Mike Bingham
Upper Zambezi, Sioma, Ngonye Falls

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Status: Native
Much-branched spreading annual or short-lived perennial, 10‒70 cm tall, covered with longish appressed or spreading hairs. Leaves shortly petiolate, 3-foliolate; leaflets narrowly lanceolate to oblanceolate, pilose on both surfaces. Flowers few to numerous in heads or short dense (rarely lax) racemes on a slender relatively well developed peduncle. Pod sessile, 4‒7.5 x 2‒3 mm, ellipsoid-oblong or conoid-cordiform, pubescent, c. 8‒12 seeded.
Derivation of specific name: microcarpa: with small fruits.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the savanna regions of tropical Africa, from Mali and Ethiopia to Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Botswana distribution: ?
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17.

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) Page 160.

Polhill, R.M. (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Page 160.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crotalaria microcarpa
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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 microcarpa., retrieved 20 July 2024

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