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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual or short-lived perennial herb up to 25 cm. tall, with a well-developed taproot; branches usually ± prostrate, up to 50 cm. long, everywhere covered with white ± appressed biramous hairs; glandular erect multicellular hairs on stems usually under 0.5 mm. but sometimes up to 2 or 2.5 mm. long, on the leaves very short but usually extending to the leaflet-margins, on the pods usually under 0.5 mm. but sometimes up to 1.2 mm. long.
    Leaves
    Stipules linear, spreading, up to 6 mm. long; leaf-rhachis prolonged beyond lateral leaflets, up to 4.5 cm. long including a petiole longer than the basal leaflets; leaflets 7–11, or very rarely 13, elliptic-oblanceolate, 2–2.6 times as long as wide, up to 10 mm. long and 4 mm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 6–20-flowered, usually about as long as the subtending leaf, the peduncle 1–2 cm. long, equal to, or half as long as, the rest of the rhachis.
    Calyx
    Calyx deeply divided, 0.3–0.8 times as long as the filaments, which are 5–7 mm. long.
    Style
    Style ± 3 mm. long, bent through 90° a little below the middle.
    Fruits
    Pod spreading, straight, up to 17 mm. long, about 1.5 mm. wide, 11–13-seeded; endocarp spotted.
    Habitat
    Dry stony ground, sometimes in areas rich in soda, in semi-desert, dry grassland or the drier types of Acacia, Commiphora bushland; 660–2200 m.; rainfall 300–700 mm.
    Distribution
    K1 K3 K6 T1 T2 not known elsewhere
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Other Data

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 14, 1962 Bogdan, A. [AB 1869], Kenya K000392866 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 24: 488 (1970)

    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 24: 488 (1970).

    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