Common Name: Hairy Rattlepod
Crotalaria calycina is an erect, annual plant that can grow 20 - 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, south to Angola and Zambia; tropical Asia - Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malesia to Australia
Open grassland in deciduous forest; at elevations from 20 - 300 metres[
]. Deciduous dipterocarp and dry evergreen forests; at elevations from 12 - 1,500 metres[
Annual and short-lived perennial plants in this genus generally gow best in a sunny position, succeeding in most dry to moist, well-drained soils[
We have no specific report for this species, but most species in this genus have a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The plant is used for treating pain, convulsions, wounds, venereal sores, syphilis etc[
Seed - sow in situ. Pre-soaking the seed for 12 hours in warm water can help to reduce germination time.
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