from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A very extensive genus of plants, of the natural order Leguminosæ, containing several hundred known species; rattlewort.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A genus of leguminous plants; rattlebox.
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- noun any of various plants of the genus Crotalaria having inflated pods within which the seeds rattle; used for pasture and green-manure crops
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Another species of crotalaria, Crotalaria juncea, was released by the University of Hawaii (but no longer distributed by them; now available from Hikiola Coop, P.O. Box 231, Hoolehua, HI 96729, USA; phone 808/567-6774).
Although miombo as a whole has a fairly low degree of generic endemism – sharing many species with the Sudanian and coastal formations – species richness and localized endemism is high in many herbaceous plant genera such as Crotalaria and Indigofera.
In drier areas, most large trees occur in ancient riverbeds, and the rolling red dunes are sparsely populated by smaller A. erioloba, A. haematoxylon, and B. albitrunca trees, as well as broom bushes (Crotalaria spartioides) and dune reeds (Stipagrostis amabilis).
Restricted to the Hujariyah itself are 8 endemics, including Crotalaria squamigera, Kickxia woodii, Blepharispermum yemenense and Centaurea yemense.
The predominant plants include species of Acacia, Commiphora, and Crotalaria and the grasses Themeda triandra, Setaria incrassata, Panicum coloratum, Aristida adscencionis, Andropogon spp., and Eragrostis spp.
While some may be collected from the wild, a sizeable number have now been cultivated, including Cleome gynandra, and Crotalaria, Solarium, and Amaranthus species.
Gynandropsis gynandra, Crotalaria brevidens and C. ochroleuca or cowpeas (Luhya, Luo).
Normally cooked with other coarse vegetables as it is slippery, e.g. with Gynandropsis gynandra, Crotalaria brevidens and C. ochroleuca or cowpeas.
Crotalaria juncea is becoming popular in East Africa.
Crotalaria ochroleuca is an upright, non-vining legume; good for intercropping.