Plant ID forum: Smooth Rattlebox (Crotalaria pallida); Brazilian shrub

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jan 19, 2012 1:21 AM CST
It clearly looks a member of the Pea family (fabaceae).
It was growing on a waste or clearance land in a rainforest area in Paraty. It was tall,( around 2 m) airy and very broad too.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jan 19, 2012 12:01 PM CST

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Cassia, I think.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 19, 2012 1:34 PM CST
The foliage resembles Senna corymbosa but the flowers don't look right to me. http://toptropicals.com/cgi-bin/garden_catalog/cat.cgi?uid=s...

Where's our super sleuth Janet? I bet she might recognize this one!
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plantladylin
Jan 19, 2012 1:42 PM CST
Well, I was just googling for another plant and came across this one, a member of the Pea family, Cajanus cajan:

http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/Cajan...

http://www.google.com/search?q=Cajanus+cajan+images&hl=en&pr...
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JRsbugs
Jan 19, 2012 3:25 PM CST
I think it's Crotalaria, if it is there's a lot of them!

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Crotalaria&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalaria
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jan 19, 2012 4:34 PM CST

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Ahhh, I wasn't sure, that's why I wrote "I think", Cassia has those rounded leaves, should have paid more attention. Green Grin!
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JRsbugs
Jan 19, 2012 5:25 PM CST
Crotalaria pallida looks possible..it's in the area.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Crotalaria+pallida&um=1&ie=...

http://www.hear.org/starr/images/species/?q=crotalaria+palli...

Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jan 20, 2012 3:17 AM CST
Thanks Sue and Lin for trying to help!

Crotalaria pallida feels right, Janet! Thumbs up
I looked through all the other species in the list and pallida comes out as the best match.

http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/2012/index?mode=sv&group=Ro...

Thanks a lot!! Smiling
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JRsbugs
Jan 20, 2012 7:46 AM CST
I just realised you can search for the region too which makes it much easier than clicking on all the species in the list! Hilarious! It certainly makes an easier job of it if you know the genus. Thumbs up

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