Etymology: Crotalaria: from Greek crotalon, meaning "rattle," referring to loose seeds inside inflated pod
Plants: erect, annual, 4"-16" tall, hairy forb
Leaves: hairy, almost stalkless, undivided, linear to lance-shaped
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/2" long; inflorescence with 2-4 short-stalked flowers per cluster (raceme); blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: oblong, inflated, and mostly stalkless pod
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"