because of the exotic look of this plant, i always thought that broad-leaved rattlepod came from amercia. according to wiki, my impression is not too far out, it says a big part of the crotalaria genus (commonly known as rattlepods) is from africa or the tropics. several chinese websites however also told me that this plant is common in some parts of china, including guangdong. in fact many chinese herbal websites carry detailed usage of this plant.
appreciate the common name of this plant. a good reflection of its features like the seeds become loose in the pod as they mature, and rattle when the pod is shaken.
不能不提，每次看到這植物，都有友伴 – 螞蟻、蝶的幼蟲 – 相隨。
broad-leaved rattlepod has distinctive features: flowers are typical of the pea family and in adorable yellow. leaves are perfectly elliptic or oval-shaped and always three foliated. fruit pods are like inflated pendent.
this plant caught my eyes always every time i visit the wetland park. because it is always accompanied with ants and bugs. apparently it is the host plant of some butterflies.
豬屎豆 broad-leaved rattlepod (crotalaria pallida) – kingdom: plantae 植物界| (unranked未分級): angiosperms 被子植物| (unranked未分級): eudicots 真雙子葉植物| (unranked): rosids 薔薇分支| order: fabales豆目| family: fabaceae 蝶形花科 | subfamily: faboideae | tribe: crotalarieae | genus: crotalaria l.豬屎豆屬 wiki
- flora of Zimbabwe
- crotalaria pallida pollen may cause an allergic reaction in humans, including swelling of the eyes and face, a rash on the neck and shoulders, and itching. symptoms may take up to a week to clear. wiki
有關 2012.11.18 濕地公園行 / posts on wetland park visit on nov 18 2012:
- 《毛草龍 primrose willow》
- 《不是蜂鳥是天蛾 this is hummingbird hawk-moth, not the bird》
- 《豬屎豆 broad-leaved rattlepod》
- 《數雀仔 counting the birds》
- 《濕地公園中的幾棵結果植物 a few fruiting plants at wetland park》