Common name: Sunhemp
Crotalaria juncea L. APNI*
Description: Erect annual shrub 1–2 m high; stems densely appressed-pubescent.
Leaves simple, linear to narrow-oblong, 3–6.5 cm long, mostly 2–5 mm wide, sparsely appressed-pubescent above, more densely so below; petiole 2–3 mm long; stipules 2–3 mm long, caducous.
Racemes 15–30 cm long, 10–20-flowered; pedicels curved, c. 5 mm long. Calyx 11–20 mm long, tomentose. Corolla c. 20 mm long, yellow often with faint purplish blush; wings ± shorter than keel; keel abruptly curved, the beak narrow and twisted at apex, c. 10 mm long.
Pod 25–40 mm long, tomentose; seeds 3–4 mm long, black.
Flowering: autumn and winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized, north from Grafton district. Native of trop. regions.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld *N.T.
Text by C. Gardner & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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