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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera hilaris Eckl. & Zeyh.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial, usually flowering after a fire, with a woody rootstock and several decumbent or weakly ascending stems up to 30 cm. long; everywhere sparsely appressed strigose with rather long (up to 0.9 mm.) biramous hairs; long erect glandular or eglandular multicellular hairs are usually also present on the stems and similar but shorter hairs on leaf- and inflorescence-rhachides but not on the leaflets.
    Leaves
    Stipules narrowly attenuate, up to 4 mm. long; rhachis, including a petiole of 1–6 mm., up to 15 mm. long, usually not prolonged beyond the lateral leaflets except in 3-foliolate leaves; leaflets 3–7, oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, stiffly acute or obtuse, up to 15 mm. long and 5 mm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Raceme 5–10-flowered, 3–5 cm. long, including a peduncle of 1–3 cm., the 2 lowest flowers usually subopposite; bracts lanceolate, up to 2 mm. long, caducous or persistent; pedicels erect, 1–2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx strigose, ± 3 mm. long, divided for three-quarters of its length into narrowly triangular-subulate lobes.
    Corolla
    Corolla densely appressed white strigose outside, 7–8 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 5–7 mm. long.
    Ovules
    Ovules 6–8.
    Fruits
    Pod more or less erect, cylindrical, 10–14 mm. long, 1.3 mm. wide, strigose-puberulent, 4–6-seeded; endocarp spotted.
    Habitat
    Upland or fire-induced grassland; 1000–2200 m.; rainfall 1000–1300 mm.
    Distribution
    southern Congo T2 T4 T5 T7 T8
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian grassland, Afromontane grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Indigofera hilaris Eckl. & Zeyh. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Galpin, E.E. [1039], South Africa K000393081 Unknown type material
    Stirton, C.H. [11814], South Africa 59269.000
    Schrire, B.D. [2330], South Africa 62718.000
    Ecklon [s.n.] K000393082 Unknown type material
    Rogers, F.A. [26210], Congo, DRC K000392614 Unknown type material
    Rogers, F.A. [26210], Congo, DRC K000392615 Unknown type material
    [Queenzius] [s.n.], South Africa K000393083

    Bibliography

    First published in Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 241 (1836)

    Accepted by

    • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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 24: 476 (1970).
    • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 133 (1954).
    • Eckl. & Zeyh., Enum. Pl. Afr. Austr.: 241 (1836).

    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