Crotalaria agatiflora ?

flowers of rattlepod, Crotalaria, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagensfruit (pods) of rattlepod, Crotalaria, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed on a roadside slope near Tambach, Kenya. December 2012.

Crotalaria species photo © Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: Yellow pea flowers crowded on a spike at branch tips.

SHRUB: Mostly herbaceous woody below and reaching close to 1½m tall.

LEAVES: Leaves are compound with three leaflets attached at one point. Leaflets elliptical with a pointed tip.

RANGE: There are many species of Crotalaria in Kenya; next time I plan to take more photos that might allow identification to species.

FRUIT: The bean pods are plump and turn a rich reddish brown. Eventually the beans break loose inside the pod and rattle about.


Fabaceae -- Bean Family -- Paplionoideae - Typical Bean Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 28 May 2013