Crotalaria cylindrostachys Welw. ex Baker

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Crotalaria cylindrostachys

Protea Hill Farm
Mar 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Crotalaria cylindrostachys

Protea Hill Farm
Mar 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
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.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: cylindrostachys = cylindrical spike, referring to the shape of the inflorescence
Habitat: Miombo and mopane woodland, disturbed places, often on sand or on damp spots.
Altitude range: 250 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: FZ distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe; Angola, Tanzania
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Monday 4 September 2017

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crotalaria cylindrostachys
African Plant Database: Crotalaria cylindrostachys
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crotalaria cylindrostachys
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Crotalaria cylindrostachys., retrieved 28 June 2022

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