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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera cliffordiana J.B.Gillett

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrublet about 50 cm. tall, the branches densely appressed silvery.
    Leaves
    Stipules subulate, ± 2 mm. long; petiole normally 2–3 mm. long; rhachis normally not, or ± 1 mm. only, prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets usually 3, cuneate-obovate, apiculate, ± 12 mm. long and 7 mm. wide, strigulose above, strigose beneath, the midrib impressed above.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes silvery, 10–20-flowered, up to 6 cm. long, including a peduncle of up to 2 cm.; bracts lanceolate, ± 1.5 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1.5 mm. long, strongly reflexed in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx ± 2.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-acuminate, rather longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Corolla white strigulose outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens 3–4 mm. long.
    Ovary
    Ovary up to 12-ovulate, densely strigose.
    Fruits
    Fruit arcuate or circinate, with flattened gaps between the 5–8 oblong seeds, up to 3 cm. long, ± 1.8 mm. wide and 1.4 mm. thick.
    Seeds
    Seeds yellow streaked with purple, smooth, rounded oblong, bluntly rhombic in cross section, ± 2.3 × 1.2 × 1.0 mm.
    Habitat
    Semi-desert, dry grassland and bushland, especially on sand; 100–1450 m.; rainfall 200–400 mm.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K6 K7 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya

    Other Data

    Indigofera cliffordiana J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 21, 1955 Bogdan, A. [3470], Kenya K000059869
    Gillett, J.B. [18963], Kenya K000059843
    Gillett, J.B. [16589], Kenya K000059849
    Gillett, J.B. [20585], Kenya K000059851
    Gillett, J.B. [20257], Kenya K000059863
    Gilbert, M.G. [5166], Kenya K000059856
    Hemming, C.F. [338], Kenya K000059864
    Stannard, B. [1074], Kenya K000059852
    Wilson, J. [1283], Kenya K000059842
    Faden, R.B. [318], Kenya K000059855
    Verdcourt, B. [2758], Kenya K000059868
    Carter, S. [132], Kenya K000059867
    Powys [411], Kenya K000059857
    Newbould, J.B. [3248], Kenya K000059844
    Newbould, J.B. [7328], Kenya K000059865
    Newbould, J.B. [6836], Kenya K000059866
    Swinderen van [112], Kenya K000059850

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull., Addit. Ser. 1: 107 (1958)

    Accepted by

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 107 (1958).

    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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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