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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera brevicalyx Baker f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa, SW. Arabian Peninsula.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Branches prostrate from a woody perennial taproot, more or less sparsely appressed strigulose almost throughout, the hairs up to 1 mm. long.
    Leaves
    Stipules linear, up to 3 mm. long; rhachis up to 15 mm. long, including a petiole of ± 1 mm., but usually much shorter, not or but shortly (± 1 mm.) prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–13, often with dark crimson processes in their axils, elliptic-oblong or euneate-obovate, up to 10 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, but usually much smaller, sometimes glabrous above, always having a blister at each side and another beneath the tip.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 2–3-flowered; peduncle glabrous and up to 2 cm. long but usually much less; bracts filiform, ± 1 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx ± 1.5 mm. long, divided to the middle, each lobe with a blister on it.
    Corolla
    Corolla puberulent outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens 4–5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod erect, somewhat flattened, up to 18 mm. long, ± 1.8 mm. wide and 1.2 mm. thick, strigulose, 8–12-seeded; endocarp with numerous intense or faint spots.
    Seeds
    Seeds ± pitted.
    Figures
    Fig. 39/3, p. 239.
    Habitat
    Short upland grassland; 900–2300 m.; rainfall 750–1300 mm.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 T3 T7 U2

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Indigofera brevicalyx Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Tweedie, E.M. [765], Kenya 9272.000
    Schimper [1397], Ethiopia K000392739 isotype
    Burchell [7366], South Africa Indigofera pentaphylla K000393121 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Bot. 41: 237 (1903)

    Accepted by

    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 43 (1958).
    • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 159 (1954).
    • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 237 (1903).

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0