Crotalaria kipandensis Baker f.

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Crotalaria kipandensis

Degraded miombo woodland
Kipemba area, Kalumbila Distr.
Mar 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

Crotalaria kipandensis

Degraded miombo woodland
Kipemba area, Kalumbila Distr.
Mar 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

Crotalaria kipandensis

Degraded miombo woodland
Kipemba area, Kalumbila Distr.
Mar 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Crotalaria pseudokipandensis R.Wilczek
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Erect annual 20–60 cm tall, sometimes developing a few weak branches from near the base, densely pilose. Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflet 2–4(5) × 0.6–1.2(1.5) cm, oblong-lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, pilose on both surfaces; petiole 2–5 mm long; stipules 0. Racemes sessile, 4–20 cm long, densely many-flowered, with a few flowers developing in the axils below; bracts leaf-like, 6–12 mm long, linear-lanceolate; bracteoles 0. Calyx 5–8 mm long, densely silky pilose; upper lobes narrowly triangular-lanceolate, 2.5–4 times as long as the tube. Standard elliptic, pale yellow, red marked, silky tomentose outside; wings ± as long as the keel; keel 6–7 mm long, subangular, with a narrow twisted beak. Pod sessile, 6–8 × 4–5 mm, shortly ovoid-ellipsoid, pilose, 4–8-seeded. Seeds 2–2.5 mm long, oblique-cordiform, smooth, with or without a small aril.
Type location:
DRC, Katanga
Derivation of specific name: kipandensis: after Kipanda, the area of the type collection
Habitat: Miombo woodland and associated grassland
Altitude range: 900 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Katanga), Zambia and SE Tanzania south through Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,E,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 18 April 2023

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 155.

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 202 - 203. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Crotalaria kipandensis., retrieved 25 June 2024

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