Family • Leguminosae / Fabaceae - Crotalaria quinquefolia Linn. - RATTLEBOX
|Crotalaria quinquefolia Linn.|
|Crotalaria heterophylla L.f.|
Suso-susoyan is an annual herbaceous weed, differing from related species in having palmately compound leaves of five leaflets. Pods are bigger, about 7 centimeters long and 2 centimeters in diameter. When mature, the loose seeds rattle inside. Seeds are explosively dispersed from the pods.
– Found in damp places, in waste lands and paddies.
– Used as ground cover and green manure.
– Native to the Philippines.
– Also found in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia.
– Leaves mixed with those of Crotalaria retusa, comsumed or applied externally for fever, scabies, lung afflictions, and impetigo.
• No studies reported for C. quinquefolia. See studies on related species, C. retusa.