Woody undershrubs. Leaves 3.5-7 x 2-4 cm, elliptic ovate to obovate, obtuse at apex, cuneate at base, velvetty below when young, sparsely hairy on ageing. Stipules 0.5-0.7 cm long, subulate, deciduous. Racemes many-flowered. Calyx 2-2.5 cm long, lobes 5, densely brown hairy. Corolla yellow, 2-2.5 cm long; standard with few lines of brown hairs; wings with scaly folds; keels cottony on the inner margins. Stamens 10, linear, sagitate; sheath 0.8-1 cm long, filaments free, 0.8-1 cm long. Ovary 0.5-0.6 cm long, ovoid, densely brown hairy; style 2-2.3 cm long, incurved, brown silky; stigma hairy on inner side; ovules many. Pods 4-5 x 1.5-2 cm, oblong. Seeds many, 0.4-0.5 cm diam., compressed.
Flowering and fruiting: December-March
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi
Crotalaria obtecta Wight & Arn. wild undershrub from Virajpet area of Coorg Karnataka