Comprehensive Description

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Cracca decumbens (Benth.) Kuntze, Rev. Gen. 174. 1891
Tephrosia decumbens Benth.; Oerst. Vidensk. Meddel 1853: 7. 1853. Tephrosia cinerea villosior Benth. in Mart. Fl. Bras. 15': 48. 1859.
A perennial, with a woody root or caudex; stems several, diffuse or prostrate, 2-5 dm. long, densely villous, branched and somewhat flexuose; leaves 3-5 cm. long; stipules subulatesetaceous, 3-5 mm. long; petiole 5-10 mm. long; rachis villous; leaflets 5-11, oblanceolate or cuneate, spreading or reflexed, obtuse to retuse at the apex, 1-2 cm. long, 4-7 mm. wide, silky-canescent on both sides, densely so beneath, with rather loose hairs; racemes opposite the leaves, the lowest bract olten foliaceous, pinnate, the rest lance-subulate; calyx pilose, the tube 1.5-2 mm. long, the lobes subulate-setaceous, 3 mm. long; corolla 8-10 mm long, purplish; banner suborbicular; wings broadly obliquely oblanceolate, with a deltoid basal auricle; pod 3-4 cm. long, 4 mm. wide, straight, densely shortvillous with spreading hairs, 7-9-seeded; seeds greenish, oblong, 3 mm. long, nearly 2 mm. broad, subtruncate at the ends. Perhaps a form of the preceeding or C. cinerea.
Type locality: Granda, Nicaragua.
Distribution: Yucatan to Cuerrero, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil.
bibliographic citation
Per Axel Rydberg. 1919. (ROSALES); FABACEAE; PSORALEAE. North American flora. vol 24(1). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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