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Crotalaria montana Roth
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Crotalaria montana Roth APNI*

Synonyms: Crotalaria linifolia L.f. APNI*

Description: Annual or perennial, variable, prostrate to erect to c. 1 m high; stems appressed-pubescent, whitish at first, then ± ferruginous.

Leaves simple, variable, linear to oblong or broad-elliptic, 0.8–4.5 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, variously pubescent but more densely below than above, sometimes ± glabrous; petiole c. 1 mm long; stipules absent or minute.

Racemes up to 30 cm long, many-flowered; pedicels 3–5 mm long. Calyx c. 8 mm long, pubescent. Corolla 5–8 mm long, pale yellow; wings slightly shorter than keel; keel with a narrow, beak 4–6 mm long, twisted at apex.

Pod mostly 6–7 mm long, dark grey to blackish, glabrous; seeds c. 2 mm long, dark brown to greenish, shiny.

Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: summer to winter.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and along roadsides; north from Gloucester.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by C. Gardner & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. angustifolia

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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