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Crotalaria virgulata Klotzsch
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Crotalaria virgulata Klotzsch APNI*

Description: Erect annual or perennial shrub to 2 m high.

Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate or narrow-obovate, terminal leaflets 0.7–2.5 cm long, 3–8 mm wide, distinctly longer than laterals, upper surface glabrous and ± stippled, lower surface appressed pubescent to hoary; petiole 4–15 mm long; stipules 1–2 mm long.

Racemes mostly to 5 cm long, 1–8-flowered; pedicels 2–4 mm long. Calyx 4–5 mm long, pubescent. Corolla 6–8 mm long, yellow with purple-brown colouring; wings shorter than keel; keel incurved sharply near base, beak 6.5–8 mm long, twisted at apex.

Pod 13–18 mm long, pubescent; seeds c. 3 mm long, brown.


Flowering: autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized, from Coollongolook to Grafton district. Native of Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
AVH map***

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


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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