Crotalaria goreensis Guill. & Perr., Fl. Seneg. Tent.: 165 (1832) (syn: Crotalaria falcata Schumach. & Thonn.; Crotalaria guineensis D.Dietr.; Crotalaria leopoldvillensis De Wild.; Crotalaria macrostipula Steud. ex A.Rich.);
Cape Verde to Tropical Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Bismarck Archipelago, Brazil North, Brazil Southeast, French Guiana, Guyana, Madagascar, Malaya, Nauru, New Guinea, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Thailand, Western Australia as per POWO;
India (I) and other countries as per ILDIS;
Erect, annual herbs, up to 2.5 m high; stems densely pubescent with appressed hairs. Leaves alternate, 3-foliolate; leaflets 2.5-8.5 x 0.8-2.5 cm, linear-oblanceolate or obovate, sparsely adpressed pubescent on the lower surface, variable, the terminal usually slightly longer than the laterals; petioles 3.5-8.0 cm long; stipules oblong-falcate, 0.9-2.5 x 0.3-0.7 cm, acuminate, very unequal-sided. Racemes terminal, up to 6 cm long. Flowers many, crowded at the top; bracts subulate or filiform, 3-4 mm long, early caducous. Calyx 4-5 mm long, pubescent, lobes subulate triangular, more or less equal to the tube. Petals yellow; vexillum ovate, ca 0.9 x 0.6 cm, with prominent reddish vein, glabrous outside, slightly shorter than the keel; wing petals oblong, ca 1 x 0.3 cm; keel petals ca 0.9 x 0.5 cm, with a distinct straight beak and with a conspicuous band of hairs along the upper margins and not twisted. Pods subsessile, oblong-ellipsoid, 1.5-2.0 x 0.7-0.9 cm, thinly pubescent, blackish-brown; seeds 12-16, oblong-reniform, ca. 4 mm long, yellow, usually tinged orange red.
Flowering and fruiting: September-November
(Attributions: Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)
Crotalaria goreensis Guill. & Perr. submission AS24 December21: 11 images.
Here’s one alien naturalised Crotalaria species addition to efloraofindia site.
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 ILDIS IPNI GBIF (High resolution specimens) BSI Flora of India Checklist Flora of Zimbabwe China Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal Useful Tropical Plants JCU Lucid Central