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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera emarginella Steud. ex A.Rich.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Eritrea and S. Tropical Africa.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Sudanian grasslands, Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Zambezian woodland, Zambezian grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub
    [FWTA]

    Papilionaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

    Habit
    Woody undershrub up to 5 ft. high
    Ecology
    Rarely below 3, 000 ft. alt.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Softly woody shrub up to 2 m. tall; stems ribbed, minutely brown strigulose or puberulent, usually ascending, almost unbranched from a perennial base at ground level.
    Leaves
    Stipules triangular, ± 2 mm. long; rhachis brown strigulose or puberulent, up to 8 cm. long, including a petiole of up to 10 or 15 mm., prolonged up to 9 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; stipellae filiform, caducous, 1.5 mm. long; petiolules blackish strigulose or puberulent, 2–3 mm. long; leaflets 7–11 or rarely 5, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, often emarginate, up to 2 cm. long and 16 mm. wide, or rarely up to 4.5 cm. long and 3 cm. wide, strigulose on both surfaces, the hairs brown and ± spreading on the nerves beneath.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes almost sessile, densely blackish brown strigulose, many-flowered, up to ± 7 cm. long; bracts lanceolate-acuminate, up to 3 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long, strongly reflexed in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx densely brown, or rarely white, strigulose, ± 1.5 mm. long; lobes broadly triangular, the upper almost obsolete, shorter than the tube.
    Corolla
    Corolla densely golden-brown strigulose outside; standard persistent after the other petals have fallen, sometimes until the fruit is ripe.
    Stamens
    Stamens 5–6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod straight, subcylindrical, pointed, 15–22 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide and 1.9 mm. thick, brown strigulose; endocarp spotted.
    Seeds
    Seeds 4–5, well separated.
    Figures
    Fig. 43/6, p. 293.
    Habitat
    Grassland, Brachystegia woodland and forest margins; 500–2250 m.; rainfall 750–1600 mm.
    Distribution
    K3 K5 T1 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 U1 U2 U3 U4

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Indigofera emarginella Steud. ex A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Cameron [s.n.], Tanzania K000392841 Unknown type material
    Brunt, M.A. [445], Cameroon K000087119
    Daramola, B. O. [FHI 43209], Cameroon K000087107

    Bibliography

    First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 184 (1847)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Cronq. in Fl. Congo Belge 5: 135.
    • Bak. f. Leg. Trop. Afr. 1: 157
    • F.T.A. 2: 99
    • Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 184(1847)

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 155 (1962).
    • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 122 (1962).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 366 (1961).
    • Gillett in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 541 (1958)
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 95 (1958).
    • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 135 (1954).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 428 (1949).
    • Harms in A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3 (1): 581, fig. 287/D-H (1915).
    • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 184 (1847).

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    • Lock, J. M. (1985). Specimen in Herb. Kew
    • 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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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical 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.
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    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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    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