Crotalaria leptostachya Benth.;
kroh-tuh-LAR-ee-uh — Greek krotalos; refers to sound, dried pods make when shaken
lep-toh-STAK-ee-ah — slender-spiked
slender spiked rattlepod • Marathi: डोंगरी ताग dongari tag • Hindi: खुलखुली khul-khuli;
Endemic to: c India and northern Western Ghats (of India);
kroh-tuh-LAR-ee-uh — Greek krotalos; refers to sound, dried pods make when shaken
lep-toh-STAK-ee-ah — slender-spiked

Nov 24, 2007 … at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
commonly known as: slender spiked rattlepod • Marathi: डोंगरी ताग dongari tag • Hindi: खुलखुली khul-khuli
Endemic to: c India and northern Western Ghats (of India)
some views: Nov 24, 2007 … at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra

Are you sure of the ID?
As per description the racemes are many flowered terminal or axillary. Rest of the things are matching.
This flower may be an isolated one from the lateral raceme though.

It can only be my belief …
May need to stand corrected. This sighting is of 2007.
Have concluded to this ID with the then limited knowledge.
This plant, as much as I can recollect, stood about a metre, with its top end of stem in a nodding fashion, with a long lax raceme.
Let me put in a new post, another sighting with similar features.
Hopefully we will then be able to resolve this doubt.


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week :: Crotalaria ¿ leptostachya ? at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary : This query posted in response to doubtful ID of Crotalaria leptostachya at efi thread
: at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (~200 ft asl), Maharashtra
Time: Nov 27, 2010 at 4.48pm
Habit: erect herb,
Habitat: growing wild in semi-deciduous forest.
An erect herb standing about 2m tall, found bending due to the long lax racemes at their top end.
Another point of observation: the stem is rather very slender for the height it assumes. Also grooved.
Please validate.

You have a great memory … This one indeed appears apt for Crotalaria leptostachya
This picture looks exactly as the illustration of Crotalaria leptostachya in BSI Flora Mah.
Probably all the flowers in terminal acemes have converted to pods and only the lower ones are in flower in your earlier post which might have confused me.

Actually, as said, it was long back in 2007, the first meeting with C. leptostachya.
It is only after discussions in eFL, I have learnt to look at plant from many angles. It surely helps.
Many thanks … for this validation.
Was slightly nervous with my ID when you have stated there are 40 species of Crotalaria in Maharashtra.

ID keys goes as ‘leaves simple>erect shrub>racemes terminal>pod silky>branches angled’. You have noted many of them.

Shrub ID request – RK78 – 3-Jan-2013: Requesting identification of this shrub from Tungareshwer. It is around 5 to 6 feet tall. The pods are covered with fine hair and the stem is ridged.

… to me looks like Crotalaria leptostachya.

Thanks a lot … for the quick id. It matches with your photos of this plant on flikr.

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Crotalaria leptostachya :: Tungareshwar WLS & Kharghar Hills :: DVOCT37 : 1 post by 1 author. 10 images.
Crotalaria leptostachya Benth.
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on October 18, 2008
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 27, 2010
at Kharghar Hills on November 3, 2007


Crotolaria triquetra:  8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)
Photographed on my property at Shahapur. This was identified by … as Crotolaria triquetra.

Do you think my plant at efi thread could be Crotolaria triquetra ?

Possible. This generally flowers after the monsoons in November.

Very good to see this.
The plant might be having three cornered branches

There seems to be some miscommunication here …
This looks like Crotalaria leptostachya.
Why so?
1. Crotalaria triquetra inflorescnce is few flowered (c/f C. leptostachya where inflorescence is many flowered, as here)
2. Crotalaria triquetra is usually not more than 50-75cms in height whereas C. leptostachya is 1m+.
3. Leaves here are suggestive of C. leptostachya.
See also my post

Agreed. I stand corrected. This is Crotolaria leptostachya.


A annual herb with quadraangular stem and branches, Height up to 1 M
At Sagargad,Alibag

I think close to images at Crotalaria leptostachya Benth.

Amboli, MH :: Fabaceae for ID :: ARK2021-106: 5 images.
This was seen at Amboli hill station, MH in Aug 2021.
Guessing this to be some Fabaceae member
Requested to please provide ID..

It looks like Crotalaria leptostachya

Some Crotalaria spp , may be Crotalaria leptostachya

Tamhini ghat near Pune, MH :: Euphorbia (?) for ID :: ARK2019-68 : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
This plant was seen by the roadside in the Tamhini ghat near Pune, MH in Aug 2019.
It looks like some Euphorbia. No flowers seen.
Requested to please provide ID.

Crotalaria is my guess

Thanks, … I agree with you.
Pl. check comparative images at Crotalaria

I could not find a match as per comparative images at Crotalaria

Could be Alysicarpus Species?

I went through all of Alysicarpus in EFI …… no match ……… actually plants are young that is why difficulty.

Can this be Crotalaria leptostachya?

Basing it on the ID provided on this plant posted by me from Tamhini, MH

Yes, it appears so.





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