Crotalaria montana, Fam. Fabaceae
Annual or perennial, prostrate to erect, up to 1 m high. Stems are covered by hairs closely adpressed to the surface, whitish at first, then sometimes ferruginous. Synonym Crotalaria linifolia.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Simple, variable, linear to oblong or broad-elliptic, 0.8-4.5 x 0.2-0.8cm, variously pubescent but more densely below than above, sometimes glabrous. Petiole 1mm long. Stipules absent or minute.
|Flower description:||Racemes of many pea shaped flowers, up to 30 cm long. Pedicels 3-5mm long. Calyx 8mm long, pubescent. Corolla 5-8mm long, yellow, often marked with red streaks. Wings slightly shorter than keel; keel with a narrow, beak 4-6mm long, twisted at apex.|
|Fruit description:||Dark grey to blackish, globular, glabrous pods, 6-7mm long. Containing six to 16 shiny, dark brown to greenish seed, approximately 2mm long.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New Guinea.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea.|
|Notes:||This species is often confused with C. brevis which has leaves to 2cm long but larger flowers and the apex of the standard is not indented.|
|Information sources:||James Cook University (2022) Crotalaria montana, Plants by common name., PlantNET (2022) Crotalaria montana Roth. FloraOnline.|