Crotalaria ochroleuca

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Crotalaria ochroleuca (Rattle Pod) is a plant in the legume (Fabaceae) family that is eaten in Africa.[1] The plant grows from West Africa to the Sudan and south to Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. It grows in seasonally flooded areas, flood plains, swamp edges, bushland, at roadsides, and in cultivated land from 300 m to 2000 m above sea level.

Cultivation in Kenya

It is cultivated in Western and Nyanza provinces for its leaves. The leaves are widely used as a vegetable by the Luo, Luhya, and Pokot tribes. It is slightly bitter and cooked with milk or other vegetables like cowpeas and Corchorus species to counteract this.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Patrick M. Maundu, Grace W. Ngugi, and Christine H.S. Kabuye, Traditional Food Plants of Kenya, Kenya Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, 1999, p. 107.

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