Canary Bird Bush
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Canary Bird Bush
E Naturalized Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Canary Bird Bush
Botanical name: Crotalaria agatiflora    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Canary Bird Bush is an evergreen shrub characterized by flowers that look like green canary birds perched on a branch. In favorable cultivation this shrub can grow up to 12 feet tall by an equal width but is more often seen much smaller, often only 4-5 feet tall. It has gray-green trifoliate leaves with each of the elliptic leaflets 1-3 inches long. In spring until fall appear the at branch-ends inflorescences, sometimes nearly two feet long, bearing 1 to 2 inch long flowers with greenish-yellow flowers and often gray-purple sepals that really do look birds attached to the stem by their beaks. Canary Bird Bush is native to tropical eastern Africa from southern Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya, cultivated and naturalized in India and Australia.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.

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