Common name: Streaked Rattlepod
Crotalaria pallida Aiton APNI*
Description: Erect annual or short-lived perennial to 3 m high; stems ± shortly appressed-pubescent.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate or obovate-elliptic, mostly 2.5–7.5 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, upper surface ± glabrous, lower surface with sparse, appressed hairs; petiole 25–50 mm long; stipules usually absent.
Racemes up to 30 cm long; c. 40-flowered; pedicels c. 5 mm long. Calyx 6–7.5 mm long, pubescent. Corolla c. 12 mm long, yellowish with reddish brown veins; wings shorter than keel, keel ± incurved, beak apex not twisted.
Pod 35–45 mm long, pubescent; seeds c. 3.5 mm long, brown or mottled yellow and dark grey-green.
Flowering: mostly autumn–spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized north from Grafton. Native of trop. countries.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld *N.T.
Text by C. Gardner & G.J. Harden
|N.S.W. occurrences are: var. obovata|
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