Crotalaria becquetii R.Wilczek
subsp. turgida Polhill

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Crotalaria becquetii subsp. turgida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Crotalaria becquetii subsp. turgida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Crotalaria becquetii subsp. turgida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Crotalaria becquetii subsp. turgida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Crotalaria becquetii subsp. turgida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Crotalaria laburnifolia sensu Brenan in Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 8:247 (1953).
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Woody herb or shrub, 1.3–3 m tall. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets broadly elliptic, 5–10 long and 2.4–4.8 cm wide, pointed at the apex, almost hairless to sparsely pubescent beneath; petiole usually a little shorter than leaflets; stipules absent. Racemes lax, many-flowered; bracts filiform, 2–5 mm long. Calyx 1.4–1.8 cm long, hairless to thinly puberulous; lobes narrowly triangular. Standard ovate, yellow, finely veined purplish outside; wings a little over half to two-thirds as long as keel; keel 2.5–3.2 cm long, strongly rounded, more or less straight along upper margin, with a long upwardly directed beak. Pods with 1.5–1.8 cm long stipe, broadly ellipsoid-clavate, 5.7-6.7 cm long, much inflated, hairless.
Type location:
Malawi, Zomba
Notes: Similar to the more common and widespread Crotalaria laburnifolia. Mainly differing in more or less elliptic and acuminate leaflets; petiole not constricted at the base and generally shorter than the terminal leaflet, and shorter, broadly ellipsoid-clavate pods.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along edges of forest and streams or in disturbed or secondary vegetation.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia (Nyika only).
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 July 2019
Literature:

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.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 89 - 90.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 58.

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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 becquetii subsp. turgida.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=197630, retrieved 21 August 2019

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