Crotalaria ochroleuca ?

shrubby Crotalaria sp. from a roadside in Tugen Hills, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Among roadside vegetation with grazing pressure, Tugen Hills, Kenya. December 2015.

Crotalaria species photo © Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: Yellow and maroon-tinged pea flowers arranged on a spike.

SHRUB: Mostly herbaceous or slightly woody reaching close to 1-½ m tall.

LEAVES: Leaves are compound with three broad, elliptical leaflets attached at one point.

RANGE: There are many species of Crotalaria in Kenya.

FRUIT: The bean pods are plump and eventually the beans break loose inside the pod and rattle about. The pods are covered with rust-colored hairs.


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

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 26 Jan. 2016