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Showy rattlebox

Crotalaria spectabilis Roth

Description:

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

Habitat:

Shrub layer, tropical rainforests.

Notes:

Photographed at Universitas Andalas, Padang, Sumatera, Indonesia.

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7 Comments

ZulhilmiGhouse
ZulhilmiGhouse 8 years ago

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

http://www.missouriplants.com/Yellowalt/...

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

Arun
Arun 8 years ago

Might be Showy Rattlepod (Crotalaria spectabilis) ..

craigwilliams
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
ZulhilmiGhouse 8 years ago

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

ZulhilmiGhouse
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
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!

ZulhilmiGhouse
Spotted by
ZulhilmiGhouse

Padang, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

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

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