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Crotalaria pallida Aiton
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
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.
AVH map***

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

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

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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