Crotalaria pallida Aiton

Last updated: 07 May 2015

Scientific Name

Crotalaria pallida Aiton


Crotalaria brownei DC., Crotalaria fertilis Delile, Crotalaria hookeri Arn., Crotalaria javanica Jungh., Crotalaria latifolia Wight & Arn., Crotalaria mucronata Desv., Crotalaria pallida Klotzsch, Crotalaria pallida "sensu Klotzsch, non Aiton", Crotalaria pisiformis Guill. & Perr., Crotalaria siamica F.N.Williams, Crotalaria striata DC., Crotalaria tinctoria Baill., Crotalaria zuccarininana D.Dietr., Lebeckia rostrata Fenzl, Crotalaria saltiana Prain ex King [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Giring-giring, rang-rang [2]
English Smooth rattlebox, salts rat­tlebox [2]
Indonesia Kekecrekan (Sundanese); orok-orok (Javanese);   telpok (Madurese) [2]
Thailand Hinghai, hong­hai [2]
Laos Hingx ha:y [2]
Philippines Gorung­gorung, kolong-kolong, tambarisa [2]
Cambodia Châangrô:ng sva:, dâang höt khmaôch, sandaèk kû.:öy [2]
Vietnam l[uj]c l[aj]c ba l[as] tr[of]n, c[aa]y mu[oox]ng tr[af], c[af] ph[ee] r[uw]ng [2]

Geographical Distributions

Crotalaria palli­da is probably a native of tropical Africa, but its natural distribution is obscured by widespread cultivation and subsequent pantropical natural­isation. In Asia, it is common in India and Sri Lan­ka and throughout Southeast Asia. [2]

C. palli­da occurs naturally on river banks, edges of lakes, extending into woodlands, grasslands and waste places from 0-1000 m alti­tude. In Thailand, it is found in the tidal zone, growing in association with Avi­cennia sphaerocarpa Stapf ex Ridley and Ipomoea pes-caprae (L.) R. Br. It also occurs in open, se­condary thickets with Bambusa bambos (L.) Voss, Chromolaena odorata (L.) R.M. King & Robinson andLantana camara L. [2]

Botanical Description

C. palli­da falls under the family of Leguminosae. It is an erect, well-branched annual or short-lived perennial herb, and measures up to 1.5(-3) m tall. [2]

The stem is stout, covered with fine hairs and with slender longitudinal grooves. The branches are densely appressed hairy. [2]

The leaves are trifoliolate, with slender stipules which measure up to 3 mm long, caducous or absent. The petiole is 2-8.5 cm long. The leaflets are variable, elliptical to obovate, measuring 3-13 cm x 2-5(-7) cm, obtuse, often notched at the extremity, sometimes apiculate, hairless above and thinly appressed hairy beneath. [2]

The inflorescence is a terminal, short raceme stalk, measures 15-40 cm long and 20-30-flow­ered. The bracts are linear, measure up to 5 mm long and caducous. The bracteoles are 1-3 mm long, inserted at the base of the sepal and slender. The pedicel is 4 mm long. The sepal is de­flexed, tubular, measures 6-8 mm long, appressed hairy and with 5 unequal lobes. The petal is about 1.5 cm long, yellow and often reddish-brown veined. The elliptical is standard, and measuring 11 mm x 8 mm. The wings measure 8 mm x 3 mm and oblong-Ianceolate. The keel is shallowly rounded, measuring 11 mm x 4 mm, and with narrow and slightly projecting beak. [2]

The pod is shortly stipitate, subcylindrical, measuring 3-5 cm x 6-8 mm, contains 30-40 seeds, nearly smooth and yellowish when ma­ture. [2]

The seed is heart-shaped, measuring 3 mm x 2 mm, shiny, with mottled ochre and dark grey-green or brown. [2]


C. pallida is light-de­manding and shade strongly retards development and may be planted to 1800 m altitude. It grows in a wide range of annual rainfall condi­tions, from 850 mm to over 3000 mm and occurs occasionally in rather dry locations. The average annual temperature varies from 16-26°C. Tests in Florida showed satisfactory growth in a wide range of soils, except on peat soils developed under coarse grass. In West Africa, it is considered wellsuited to sandy soils. [2]

Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of C. pallida Aiton [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Crotalaria pallida Aiton [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 May 06]. Available from:
  2. Crotalaria pallida Aiton In: Faridah Hanum I, Van der Maesen LJG, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 11: Auxiliary plants. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 1997.