Crotalaria microcarpa Hochst. ex Benth.

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Crotalaria microcarpa

Conservation Lower Zambezi
Apr 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

Crotalaria microcarpa

Upper Zambezi, Sioma, Ngonye Falls
Apr 2014
Photo: Mike Bingham

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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.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: microcarpa: with small fruits.
Habitat: In a variety of habitats, but generally in open places on soils in rocky sies or on hard pans., often ruderal.
Altitude range: 150 - 1250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the savanna regions of tropical Africa, from Mali and Ethiopia to Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S,W
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Monday 18 September 2017

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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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 microcarpa., retrieved 24 April 2024

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