Crotalaria micans Link (syn: Crotalaria anagyroides Kunth; Crotalaria brachystachya Benth.; Crotalaria dombeyana DC.; Crotalaria stipulata Vell.; Crotalaria triphylla Vell.);
Shrubs, up to 3 m high; branchlets angular, sericeous. Leaves alternate, 3-foliolate; leaflets 3-6 x 0.8-2.0 cm, oblong-oblanceolate, cuneate at base, obtuse, mucronate at apex, glabrous above, adpressed-pubescent beneath; petiolules 3-4 mm long; petioles up to 4.5 cm long, longitudinally grooved above; stipules subulate, ca 2 mm long, caduceus. Racemes terminal or axillary, elongated, up to 15 cm long; peduncles 3-4 cm long. Flowers numerous, distantly arranged, ca 2 x 2.5 cm; bracts linear, 6-7 mm long, caducous; bracteoles linear, 3-4 mm long, adpressed to calyx, caducous; pedicels ca 1 cm long. Calyx-tube 4.5-5.0 mm long, lobes 6-7 mm long, ovate, bilobed, divided to a little more than half of the length of calyx, sericeous. Petals yellow, twice as long as calyx; vexillum orbicular, ca 1.8 x 2 cm, retuse at apex, glabrous, claw ca 5 mm long; wing petals oblong, ca 2 x 0.5 cm, truncate at apex; keel petals ca 1.8 x 0.8 cm, falcate, beak untwisted. Staminal sheath ca 1 cm long; free filaments 0.5-1.0 cm long; longer anthers oblong, ca 2.5 mm long; shorter anthers ovoid, ca 0..8 mm long. Ovary ovate-oblong, shortly stalked, ca 1 cm long, densely pubescent; style ca 1.5 cm long, curved, apically pubescent on the innerside; ovules ca 15. Pods oblong-terete, 2.5-3.0 x 1.0-1.3 cm, pubescent transversely nerved, much exceeding the persistent calyx, shortly stalked; seeds 3-5, obliquely-cordiform, 4-5 mm long, light brown, finely papillate, with the narrow end strongly incurved.
Flowering and fruiting: April-May
Along roadsides in the high ranges
Native of tropical America, now widely naturalised
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal )
Crotalaria micans occurs in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. This species has been introduced into parts of Africa including Madagascar, southeast Asia and Australia.
C. micans inhabits savannas, steep banks, hillsides, barrancas, frequently in grassland in openings of oak forest and occassionally in oak-pine forest.
Crotalaria micans has been introduced into many tropical areas where it is used as an ornamental crop cover.
Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Crotalaria sp.-1 from Meghalaya KD 11 OCT145 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Attached images are Crotalaria sp. from Meghalaya, Please ID the plant.
I have shared similar plant from Gori valley area, hope to get the id soon !! Thanks for posting …
Crotalaria micans Link
Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Crotolaria for id:: Gori Valley :: NS OCT 16/16 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
This robust herb with trifoliate leaves, dense inflorescence and characteristic markings on corolla was recorded from Gori Valley area…
Please suggest the specific id…!
The leaves are not seen clearly. Nevertheless, it could be C.pallida or C.pallida var. obvovata.
Crotalaria micans Link
SK640 12 JUL-2017:ID : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Singtam, Darjeeling, India
Date: 22 May 2017
Altitude: 1800 ft.
Crotalaria ..??? Which one??
Pl. Check comparative images in efi site at Crotalaria
I also think matches with images at Crotalaria micans
ID to species level required : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2) – 1 MB each
ID to species level required.
Date : 25th July 2017
Location : Tamil Nadu, Western Ghats 850 meters
Pl. check comparative images at efi site at Crotalaria page.
Without pods it is very difficult to tell about species.
Looks like Crotalaria pumila Ortega
I think matches with mages at I also think matches with images at Crotalaria micans
But to me it looks different from images or Crotalaria pumila as per the following:
Crotalaria micans Link ?? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Suryavinayak, Bhktapur, Nepal
Date: 7 October 2017
Elevation : 6100 ft.
Syn: Crotalaria anagyroides Kunth ??
To me also appear close as per images at
Listed in Nepal as Crotalaria anagyroides Kunth!
But ACFPoN mentioned elevation as 450m. Crotalaria anagyroides,
however JSTOR mentioned specimen collected at 4500ft.
plants.jstor.org › stable › al.ap.specimen.e00514943Filed as Crotalaria anagyroides Kunth [family LEGUMINOSAE …
and IUCN mentioned 1700m as upper limit. plants.jstor.org › stable › al.ap.specimen.e00514943Filed as Crotalaria anagyroides Kunth [family LEGUMINOSAE …
fabaceae for id, mm 10 02 12 2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
I would very much appreciate any help in identifying this fabaceae bush. it growing on a road a few miles from Munnar first week of October 2018
Pl. check comparative images at
Thank you for your suggestion. I went thru the Crotolarias, but could not find a perfect match.
It seems close to Crotalaria micans
and Crotalaria trfoliastrum
Appears more closer to Crotalaria micans out of these two.