Crotalaria spectabilis? from Blake-South Carolina

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An individual from Mexico opened the seed pod of this 2-3′ plant and swallowed seeds. Said his family took them for kidney function..Near Lake Murray in woodland area. Can’t find any info.. Thank you


Hi Blake,

this is a Crotalaria, but leaves are needed for a positive identification.  If there was only one leaflet per leaf it would most likely be Crotalaria spectabilis. That is used occasionally as a medicinal plant.  Try this site:


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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