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Crotalaria spp.

Crotalaria spp.

(Rattlepods)

FAMILY

Fabaceae

Species

Crotalaria spp.

Common name

Rattlepods

Flower colour; life form

Yellow, blue; herbs, subshrubs

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

There are about 8 species growing on campus, several are weeds, all but C. verrucosa have yellow pea-shaped flowers, all have inflated pods which rattle when dry. The following are the most common ones species with trifoliolate leaves. Crotalaria goreensis,C. medicaginea, C. pallida, C. zanzibarica and there are others in untended areas.

Crotalaria spp.