Slender-leaf Rattlepod

Crotalaria ochroleuca ?

developing bean pods of rattlepod, Crotalaria ochroleuca, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a pasture area near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2015.

trifoliate leaf of rattlepod, Crotalaria ocholeuca, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens Crotalaria species photo © Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: Yellow pea flowers loosely arranged on a spike.

SHRUB: Mostly herbaceous reaching close to 1 m tall.

LEAVES: Leaves are compound with three very narrow leaflets attached at one point.

RANGE: There are many species of Crotalaria in Kenya. This species prefers moist soil. It has been used for green manure and forage.

FRUIT: The bean pods are plump and 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 9 Jan. 2016