Request for ID 012.07.2012 :
Request for ID
This plant was photographed near Chennai on road side on 1.7.2012

It is Crotalaria pallida var. obovata.


Crotalaria saltiana ? from Hooghly 15/1/12 sk1:
A net search for the Crotalaria saltiana takes me to Crotalaria pallida, and pictures tell me that my species might be the same, more so because … has one at – efi thread.

What FoC says about C. pallida ? – (Leaflets) apex obtuse to retuse; racemes terminal……http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=242315565
Well, my species shows the above characters!
Let’s see “Bengal Plants” (Prain), vol1, p 370-371; i copy a few lines :-
Leaves digitately compound :-
  Leaflets almost always 5, sometimes 7, very rarely 3, narrowly linear or oblanceolate, obtuse; pod glabrous many-seeded, cylindric, shortly stalked …………… quinquefolia
  Leaflets always 3, ovate or oblong :-
    Pods oblong or cylindric, many-seeded :-
      Erect, shrubby; bracts minute setaceous; pods large :-
        Pods pubescent, subsessile :-
          Leaflets obovate, obtuse; pods loosely pubescent ……. incana
          Leaflets oblong, acute; pods densely pubescent ……… bracteata
     Pods glabrous :-
      Pods subsessile :-
         Leaflets oblong, acute ………………. Brownei
         Leaflets obovate, obtuse ………… Saltiana
       Pods with a long, slender, filiform gynophore; leaflets obovate-oblong acute ……… laburnifolia
Prostrate, diffuse, herbaceous ………………… etc etc
According to The Plant List :-
Crotalaria brownei DC. = Crotalaria pallida Aiton = http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/ild-26386
Found a picture of C. saltianahttp://www.flickr.com/photos/holudforing/6985903468/
Species : Crotalaria saltiana Andrews ?
H & H : wild undershrub in a waste place, less than 2 feet
Date : 12/11/12, 12.01 p.m.
Place : Hooghly

Crotalaria pallida Aiton …- matches images in my collection also.

It is Crotalaria pallida var. obovata, to be more specific.

‘Crotalaria pallida var. obovata is also an accepted name [theplantlist.org].
I will be delighted if it does turn out to be var obovata as it will add a new sub-species to Maharashtra (Flora Maharashtra – Almeida does not mention it; do not have Flora Maharashtra – BSI, can somebody please check and inform the group).
…, please let us how you id the two (pallida and pallida var obovata) and do give your reference, if available.

Let’s see C. pallida var. obovata in :-
  1. The Plant List – http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/ild-39432
  2. USDA – http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CRPAO
  3. another – http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1425
  4. yet another – http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Crotalariapallidavar.obovata
Please do note that one of the synonyms of the suggested ID is Crotalaria striata.
I attach screenshots of 1) Prain vol1. p. 373 and 2) Hooker vol2. p.84.
I also attach new images of a plant, recorded today at another place, and this one is 6 feet high

Crotalaria for identification :: 030115 :: MK003 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Please help me in identifying this Crotalaria sp. It was found growing gregariously on sandy soils of river bank.

Habitat: riverine
Habit: Shrub of 1-1.5m high
Leaflet: 5-8 cm long
Date: 19 Nov 2014
Location: Sathyamangalam RF, Erode district, TN
Alt.: 300 m asl

Crotalaria pallida var. obovata

Thank you ., is this not the Crotalaria laburnifolia?



Crotalaria pods for ID : Pali,Maharashtra : 101212 : AK-3:
Crotalaria pods seen in Pali, Maharashtra on the 23rd of Nov,2012.
Flowering season was over.
Height 4-5 meters.

Trifoliate leaves indicate the probability of Crotalaria pallida.

Unfortunately the flowering season was over so I could not see the flowers.

Pl. refer my post with flowers and habitat photo.


North Bengal Flowers – ID request – 2 : Attachments (1)- 1 correct image as above.
Here is the second instalment for identification.

Flower2 appears to possibly be some sort of Crotalaria species, though I am not familiar with your local species. Best of luck.

The first one seems to be a Crotolaria, ….

Crotalaria pallida var. obovata (G.Don) Polhill  as per images herein

Crotalaria pallida Aiton ??? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)

Location: Relli River,Kalimpong, India
Date: 24 May  2017
Altitude: 2000 ft.

Its Crotalaria pallida var. obovata

ID request 11072017PC2 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Kindly identify this plant growing in Goa. Fabaceae/ Papilionacea family?

Crotalaria. Pl. Check comparative images in efi site at Crotalaria page.

Crotalaria pallida ?

Though I have not checked, you may be right.

I think Crotalaria pallida var. obovata as per images herein.

Crotalaria Species For ID : Bangalore : 07OCT17 : AK-05 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Crotalaria Species seen in Bangalore during the first week of Sept,17.
It looks like Crotalaria pallida to me.
But found a similar looking Crotalaria posted by … identified as Crotolaria trifoliastrum.
Experts kindly validate and clear my confusion.


Shrub Id from BD _SM 618 : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)
Habitat : Wild
Location : Saint Martin’s Island, Bangladesh
Photo taken : Jan, 2019

is this in good focus? whole plant please and closer pics of the inflorescence

Very similar to Crotalaria pallida.

Its Crotalaria pallida

Thanks, …, for the id. I think more closer to images at Crotalaria pallida var. obovata


SYMBIOSIS : 1430 /1431 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 1 correct image as above.
Attaching two collages.

Plant in Symbiosis 1430 is Crotalaria pallida var. obovata and not Crotalaria spectabilis (syn: Crotalaria leschenaultia)

CROTALARIA LESCHENAULTII : 15 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Crotalaria leschenaultia.

Beautiful images, I agree.
Please, is the currently accepted botanical name Crotalaria spectabilis Roth? (Catalogue of Life)

Very clear close ups. i love ’em. do you have pictures of the open pods and the seeds inside?

This looks more like Crotalaria pallida.

Thanks, …, for the id. I feel more closer to images at Crotalaria pallida var. obovata

Thanks … I will check.

… is there a key to crotalaria of indian subcontinent?

I do not know about the keys. I find myself lost if there are too many species in a genera with keys.
We have already built photographic keys of generally observed species at Crotalaria
May be the following book have details:
Crotalaria L. in India by Anis Ahmad Ansari  Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2008 – Crotalaria376 pages

our page had me confused. also all the discussions in our threads were too. i tried to make a chart but did not really clarify it for me. crotalaria classification became difficult for me  esp since we never get anybody to photograph all salient diagnostic features anyway.i w
as thinking more of what might be available on the net or copy of  pdf file of review papers etc. thanks for the book ref.

The genus Crotalaria in India was published about 10 years back A. A. Ansari. A number of species have been added since then.

thank you, … so do you think these new discoveries. would be in those yearly updates from BSI ? i do remember seeing pdfs of those yearly new discoveries for years 2014 onwards.

may be i need to track them and look in each?
Just like we have index medicus or now pubmed for medical papers, is there an index botanicus or similar named index for botanical papers where all new papers be found listed and accessible to all?
And has anybody written a review to include newly discovered ones, i wonder.

SYMBIOSIS ; 1428 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of hornet visiting flowers of Crotalaria sp

SYMBIOSIS : 1429 : 4 posts by 2 authors
Attaching a collage of Transparent 6 line blue visiting flowers of Crotalaria sp.

Plant is Crotalaria pallida var. obovata and not Crotalaria spectabilis (syn: Crotalaria leschenaultia)

SYMBIOSIS : 1437 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Carpenter bee visiting flowers of Crotallaria sp.

Plant is Crotalaria pallida var. obovata and not Crotalaria spectabilis (syn: Crotalaria leschenaultia)


need ID help for tall erect legume:
currently flowering all over Goa on roadsides;

Check Crotalaria pallida

It is Crotalaria pallida var. obovata (G.Don) Polhill


SK 3678 25 January 2023: 7 very high res. images.

Location: Jalthal, Jhapa, East Nepal
Date: 01 January 2023
Elevation: 97 m.

Habitat: Wild

Crotalaria pallida var. obovata (G.Don) Polhill or Crotalaria pallida Aiton ?

Decide if the leaflets are ovate or obovate.

Ovate ??

I feel more towards obovate.

That means Crotalaria pallida var. obovata (G.Don) Polhill ??