Uraria crinita is one of 20 species of shrubby
legume native to
tropical S.E. Asia.
The attractive, cylindrical purple and lavender inflorescences are
reminiscent of diminutive, fuzzy lupins, were presented at waist
height on sparse shrubby plants with pinnate leaves.
The leaves themselves are ornamental being dark green with irregular
splotches of lighter green, almost white.
the inflorescences to 6 or 7 inches long. A common name for this
plant used in Malaysia is "Common Cat's Tail" due primarily to the
furry cylindrical inflorescence shape, texture and even color as the
last of the flowers is shed.