Crotalaria lachnophora A. Rich.

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Crotalaria lachnophora

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Glenara Avenue South, just outside Mukuvisi Woodland game fence

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Status: Native
Bushy herb or shrub, 1‒3 m tall, with numerous hairy branches. Leaves 3-foliolate. leaflets silky pubescent at least beneath, petiole usually shorter than leaflets; stipules mostly 5‒25 mm long, oblong-falcate, caudate, very unequal-sided. Racemes terminal, laxly few‒many-flowered. Calyx 1.1‒1.5 cm long, brownish spreading hairy, upper and lateral lobes coherent, narrowly triangular, about twice as long as the tube. Standard subcircular, clear yellow, fading orange-red; keel abruptly rounded in the lower half, with a relatively short straight blunt beak, woolly towards the upper edge. Pod subsessile, broadly cylindric, with a dense shaggy coat of hairs.
Notes: See Crotalaria lachnocarpoides for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: lachno-: woolly; lachnophora: wool-bearing
Habitat: Miombo woodland, similar woodland types, grassland.
Altitude range: 750 - 1650 m
Flowering time:Feb - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Polhill, R.M. (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Page 108.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crotalaria lachnophora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crotalaria lachnophora
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Crotalaria lachnophora., retrieved 30 March 2023

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