Crotalaria lachnocarpoides Engl.

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Crotalaria lachnocarpoides

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Crotalaria lachnocarpoides

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Crotalaria lachnocarpoides

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Crotalaria lachnocarpoides

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Common names:
Status: Native
Bushy slightly woody herb or small shrub up to 0.5‒2 m tall, very densely covered with long fine spreading hairs. Leaves shortly petiolate, 3-foliolate; leaflets densely pilose on both surfaces; stipules 5‒8 mm long, linear. Racemes lax to dense, mostly 4‒12-flowered. Pod shortly and broadly cylindric, 2.5-3.2 cm long, densely shaggy hairy.
Type location:
Notes: This species is generally similar toCrotalaria lachnophora. It has similar hairy stems and leaves and both species have similar broadly cylindric pods with a dense shaggy coat of hairs. This species has linear stipules 8-11 mm long while C. lachnophora has conspicuous leaf-like stipules, oblong-falcate up to 25 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: lachnocarpoides: resembling C. lachnocarpa
Habitat: Montane grassland, miombo woodland, river banks, dambos and disturbed places.
Altitude range: 780 - 1850 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Tuesday 19 September 2017

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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.

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Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

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 109 - 110.

Polhill, R.M. (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 109 - 110.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Crotalaria lachnocarpoides., retrieved 1 December 2023

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