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

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Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Quarry kopje, Cleveland Dam

Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Quarry kopje, Cleveland Dam

Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

Picture: 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.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: incana: hoary, white
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Worldwide distribution: Mostly through the eastern side of Africa and Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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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 Malawi: Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens
Flora of Mozambique: Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crotalaria incana
African Plant Database: Crotalaria incana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Crotalaria incana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Crotalaria incana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Crotalaria incana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Crotalaria incana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Crotalaria incana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Crotalaria incana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Crotalaria incana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crotalaria incana
Ispot Southern Africa: Crotalaria incana
JSTOR Plant Science: Crotalaria incana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crotalaria incana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crotalaria incana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Crotalaria incana
Tropicos: Crotalaria incana

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Crotalaria incana subsp. purpurascens., retrieved 22 July 2019

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