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Common name

English: Rattleweed

Mandarin: 吊裙草 (diao qun cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Crotalaria (9)

            Epithet: retusa L. (1)

Synonyms: Crotalaria hostmannii Steudel, Crotalaria retusifolia Stokes, Dolichos cuneifolius Forsskal, Lupinus cochinchinensis Lour.

cochinchinensis => from Cochinchina (old name for various southern regions of Vietnam)

cuneifolius => having wedge-shaped leaves

hostmannii => honors Friedrich Wilhelm Rudolf Hostmann (1794-1846), plant collector in South-America (Surinam)

retusa => blunted, with a slight notch at a rounded apex

retusifolia => having blunt leaves


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: red, yellow

External links

Check for Crotalaria retusa at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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