In a Nutshell:
* Crotalaria pallida(syn. Crotalaria mucronataDesc, Crotalaria striataDC, Crotalaria falcataVAHL ex DC, Crotalaria browneiDC.,Crotalaria fertilisDelile,Crotalaria hookeriArn.,Crotalaria pisiformisGuill. &Perr.,Crotalaria siamicaF.N.Williams,Crotalaria striatavar. acutifoliaTrin.,Crotalaria tinctoriaBaill,Crotalaria zuccarininanaD.Dietr.), commonly known as the chique chique, gergellim bravo, giant striata, guizo-de-cascavel, maraca-de-cobra, rattleweed, rattlebox, smooth crotalaria, or the streaked rattlepod, is a species of flowering plant within the family Fabaceae.
* This shrub (annual or short-lived perennial herb) has height of about 1.5 m. The stout stem is hairy and has longitudinal grooves. Leaves are trifoliate with a 2-8.5 cm long petiole, leaflets 3-13 x 2–5 cm and elliptical to obovate. Flowers are yellow, often reddish-brown veined and borne on 15–40 cm long racemes, each with 20-30 flowers. Fruits are 3-5 x 0.6-0.8 cm, 30-40 seeded that are heart-shaped, 3 x 2 mm, shiny, mottled ochre and dark grey-green or brown.
* C. pallidais found in Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Indonesia, Sudan, Florida, Puerto Rico, Brazil and India.
* The plant is grown as a ground cover and a green manure crop, especially in the inter-rows of rubber trees and coconut palms. Flowers are eaten as a vegetable in Cambodia, where the seeds are roasted and grounded for use as a sort of coffee beverage. The roots are sometimes chewed with betel nuts in Vietnam.
* In traditional medicine, the plant is used to treat urinary problems and fever, a poultice of the roots is applied to swelling of joints and an extract of the leaves is taken to expel intestinal worms.
* In Brunei Darussalam, it was mainly used as ornamental plant and some farmers grow them as green manure.
* Crotalaria mucronata Desvwas reported to be widely used in the southern part of the U.S.A. as a green manure crop under the name “giant striata”.