Green Bird Flower or Rattlepod

Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Crotalaria
Species: cunninghamii
Main Flower Colour: Other

Description

The distinctive bird-like shape of the flowers (the flower stalk is the bird's beak) give this desert plant its common name. Flowers are a greenish-yellow colour with prominent stripes on the larger petals. Erect woody shrub with greyish furry leaves. Common on sand dunes.

Flowering start in July.

Identification

The main flower colour is other. Greenish bird-shaped flowers. Seed pods rattle in the wind, hence the common name.

Uses

Rope like nature (of plant stems) is alleged to have been made into sandals and or rope by indigenous people.(Latz)

References

http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/3774

Created: 21 Feb 2014 - Member - John and Val
Updated: 09 Jun 2014 - Member - John and Val

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Location

Bio Regions

GSD - Great Sandy Desert

SSD - Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields

Specifics

Canning Stock Route, northern section

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