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Crotalaria distans Benth.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Crotalaria distans Benth. APNI*

Description: Erect to ascending annual to c. 1 m high; stems appressed-pubescent.

Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, upper surface glabrous, lower surface sparsely appressed-pubescent or hoary, terminal leaflets 1–3 cm long, 6–9 mm wide, distinctly longer than laterals; petiole 8–25 mm long; stipules narrow, to c. 3 mm long.

Racemes 8–30 cm long, 8–16-flowered; pedicels 2–6 mm long. Calyx c. 4–5 mm long, pubescent. Corolla 10–13 mm long, yellow; wings shorter than keel; keel incurved sharply in its lower half, beak c. 10 mm long, tightly twisted at apex.

Pod 10–20 mm long, softly pubescent; seeds c. 2 mm long, brown.


Flowering: March

Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated, possibly naturalized in Grafton and Kyogle districts. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
AVH map***

Text by C. Gardner & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

 Key to the subspecies 
1Pods 17–22 mm long; ovules 18–34; bracteoles on the calyx tube, 1.5–2.5 mm long; keel 13–18 mm long. Plants with branches ascending, with appressed or mostly slightly spreading hairssubsp. macaulayae
Pods 12–16 mm long; ovule 14–20; bracteoles at or just below the base of the calyx tube, 1–2 mm long; keel usually 11–13 mm long. Erect plants with ascending branches, appressed-hairysubsp. mediocris

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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