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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera kirkii Oliv.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Mozambique, NW. Madagascar.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Branching woody herb, prostrate or up to 1 m. tall; stems hirsute.
    Leaves
    Stipules dark brown, lanceolate-acuminate, up to 9 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, pilose at the margins, ± 9-nerved; petiole 1–2 mm. long; leaf-blade oblong, up to 25 mm. long and 8 mm. wide, somewhat narrowed at the base, rounded and apiculate at the apex, hirsute on both surfaces, the midrib impressed above, with ± 10 pairs of lateral nerves prominent beneath.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes hirsute, 4–5-flowered, up to 2 cm. long including a peduncle of 3–4 mm.; bracts small, caducous.
    Calyx
    Calyx hirsute, divided almost to the base, ± 2.5 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla pubescent outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens ± 4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pods subcylindrical, ± 5 mm. long and 2.5 mm. wide, hirsute, 1–3-seeded.
    Habitat
    Sandy soil near sea-level; rainfall 1000–1600 mm.
    Distribution
    T3 T6 T8 Mozambique to 21°30′ S.Madagascar
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland.
    Habit
    Annual/Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Indigofera kirkii Oliv. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1991 Perrier de la Bâthie, J.M.H.A. [1435], Madagascar K000392976 isolectotype
    Kirk [s.n.], Tanzania K000392806 Unknown type material
    Kuntze, O. [s.n.], Mozambique K000392920 neotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 15: t. 1416 (1883)

    Accepted by

    • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Du Puy, D.J., Labat, N.-N., Rabevohitra, R., Villiers, J.-F., Bosser, J. & Moat, J. (2002). The Leguminosae of Madagascar: 1-737. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 57 (1958).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 426 (1949).
    • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 104 (1926).
    • Oliv. in Hook., Ic. Pl., t. 1416 (1883).

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    • Du Puy, D. J. et al. (2002). The Leguminosae of Madagascar. RBG Kew.
    • Gillett, J. B. (1958). Kew Bull. Addnl. ser. 1:1-166. Indigofera.. in Tropical Africa.

    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