Nature School Game Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Showy rattlebox

Crotalaria spectabilis Roth


A plant in the legume family with yellow flowers that grow in inflorescences.


Shrub layer, tropical rainforests.


Photographed at Universitas Andalas, Padang, Sumatera, Indonesia.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


ZulhilmiGhouse 8 years ago

Arun, you might be right. It looks almost exactly like the one in this picture:

I'll consider the case solved, then. Thanks =)

Arun 8 years ago

Might be Showy Rattlepod (Crotalaria spectabilis) ..

craigwilliams 8 years ago

Yep, it's a huge family. You're right, this is in Faboideae or as it's called these days (since the family name changed from Leguminosae to Fabaceae) Papilionoidae. If I can find my notes from the trip, it might turn out to be the same thing I saw.....but I think they're in a storage unit at the mo. :(

ZulhilmiGhouse 8 years ago

Sorry, false info. That pea pod was from a mimosa...

ZulhilmiGhouse 8 years ago

That is one *large* family! @_@ It has 3 subfamilies:

1) Mimosoideae
2) Caesalpinioideae
3) Faboideae

After going through some of them, I think the plant falls under Faboideae. Found some similarities with Trigonella sp. and Adenocarpus sp., but there's no telling for sure from the limited info on Wikiepdia. Bummer =/ Actually, the plant has something like a pea pod. Let me upload a pic...

craigwilliams 8 years ago

It's Fabaceae. Reminds me of a common invasive weed I saw in the Cameron Highlands......some days my memory is just a memory!

Spotted by

Padang, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Apr 20, 2009
Submitted on Nov 4, 2011

Related Spottings

Crotalaria Smooth Crotalaria Crotalaria pallida Showy Rattlepod, Greater rattlepod, Showy crotalaria, Showy rattlebox

Nearby Spottings

Plumed cockscomb s nail Spotting Oyster plant