Crotalaria spectabilis Roth - Rattlebox

Crotalaria spectabilis plant

Family - Fabaceae

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Crotalaria spectabilis stem

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Crotalaria spectabilis leaves

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Crotalaria spectabilis flower

Crotalaria spectabilis calyxCalyx.

Flowering - August - November.

Habitat - Sandy open fields, open ground, cultivated fields, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native of the Old World tropics.

Other info. - This large and showy species can be found in just a handful of scattered Missouri counties. It was first introduced into the state by farmers as a cover crop and has since escaped.
The big yellow flowers and many seeds make this plant an easy and showy cultivated annual.

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 8-31-04.


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