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.);
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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;
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India (I) and other countries as per ILDIS;
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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
Grasslands
(Attributions: Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)
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Crotalaria goreensis Guill. & Perr. submission AS24 December21: 11 images.
Here’s one alien naturalised Crotalaria species addition to efloraofindia site.

Crotalaria goreensis Guill. & Perr.
Common Name – Gambia Pea
Family – Fabaceae
Growing as naturalised species along roadside with Crotalaria pallida.
Photographed near FRLHT/TDU Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka 
Dated – 18 December 2021


 

 

 


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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

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