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.
Citation: Groom, A. 2012. Crotalaria micans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T19892472A20047894. . Downloaded on 01 November 2015.

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

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

Crotalaria micans Link  ???

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 



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. 


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

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