rattlebox n : any of various plants of the genus Crotalaria having inflated pods within which the seeds rattle; used for pasture and green-manure crops [syn: crotalaria]
- Desert Senna (Senna covesii) is also sometimes called "rattlepod".
Crotalaria species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Endoclita sericeus, Etiella Zinckenella and Utetheisa ornatrix. The toxic alakaloids produced by some members of this genus are known to be incorporated by Utetheisia larvae and used to secure their defense from predators. (Eisner et al., 2003)
- Crotalaria spectabilis Roth was introduced to the US from India for green manure''. As a legume that supports nitrogen fixing bacteria, it is considered a "soil builder." However, it is also poisonous to cattle (as are many legumes), and has spread rapidly throughout the Southeastern United States where it is now considered an invasive species.
rattlebox in Georgian: კროტალარია
rattlebox in Dutch: Crotalaria
rattlebox in Portuguese: Crotalaria