Common name: Green Birdflower
Family: FABACEAE (730 Genera)
Origin of Scientific Name
Crotalaria – Greek crotalon= rattle, castanet (the seeds rattle in the pod when shaken).
cunninghamii – after Allan Cunningham (1791 - 1839), botanical collector in Australia between 1816 and 1839.
Erect shrub 0.6 to 4 m high with large, green/yellow pea flowers, finely striped with purplish-brown 'veins'. Each of the flowers held in terminal clusters, resembles a bird that is attached by the beak (the calyx) to the stem. It has velvety, grey-green oval leaves and branches. Fruit is a velvety, club-shaped, inflated pod 4 to 5 cm long.
Widely distributed in northern and central Australia, often on sand dunes. Refer to the distribution map for this species via the Department of Environment and Conservation's FloraBase online herbarium.
January to December, but most probably linked to rainfall.
Easily propagated from seed, pre-treated in boiling water, or from cuttings.
View in Kings Park
In the Kimberley garden beds near the Two Rivers lookout and Boab trees (close to the entry to the Western Australian Botanic Garden), the garden beds around Aspects, and the Forrest Car Park roundabout. To help locate these sites, you may download the Western Australian Botanic Garden brochure via our brochures page.