Crotalaria montana

Crotalaria montana

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FAMILY

Fabaceae

Species

Crotalaria montana

Common name

Nil

Flower colour; life form

Yellow; herb erect to 1 m tall

Campus

Townsville

Description

This sparsely branched plant is highly variable in height sometimes reaching 1 m tall; stems and leaves are covered by hairs closely adpressed to the surface. Leaves narrow 2-10 cm long. Flowers are pea=shaped and borne in a terminal raceme to 20 cm long. The standard is usually 4-7 mm long, apex is emarginate, yellow, often with marked with red streaks, the wings are yellow. The inflated pod is globular and black when ripe, it contains 6-16 dark brown seeds. This species is often confused with C. brevis which, has leaves to 2 cm long but larger flowers and the apex of the standard is not indented.