Common name: Grey Rattlepod
Crotalaria dissitiflora Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect or decumbent perennial herb to 30 cm high; stems pubescent, often glabrescent.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets mostly elliptic or obovate, sometimes ovate, terminal leaflets 1.5–3.5 cm long, 6–12 mm wide, the laterals more than half as long as the terminal, ± glandular, upper surface glabrous, lower surface sparsely pubescent; petiole 11–28 mm long; stipules 1–3 mm long.
Racemes 8–26 cm long, c. 30-flowered; pedicels 2–3 mm long. Calyx c. 5 mm long, pubescent. Corolla 8–11 mm long, yellow; wings ± shorter than keel; keel rounded with a short beak, slightly incurved at apex.
Pod 15–30 mm long, pubescent; seeds c. 3 mm long, yellow.
Flowering: after rain, mostly summer–autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Scattered in woodland and grassland; north from Tamworth.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
Text by C. Gardner & G.J. Harden
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. dissitiflora|
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