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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera microcalyx Baker

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Short-lived semi-woody bushy plant ± 1 m. tall, sometimes prostrate, densely covered with fine soft silvery hairs which are often rather spreading.
    Leaves
    Stipules brown, filiform, 2–3 mm. long; rhachis up to 1 cm. long, including a petiole of 1–3 mm., not, or very shortly, prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 3–7, rarely 9, narrowly oblong-cuneate or oblanceolate, up to 10 mm. long and 3 mm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 5–20-flowered, up to 3 cm. long including a peduncle of up to 2 mm.; bracts linear ± 1 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long, erect, leaving a pronounced knob on falling off.
    Calyx
    Calyx ± 1.5 mm. long, divided to about the middle into broadly triangular lobes with thick subulate tips.
    Corolla
    Corolla ± 5 mm. long, silvery appressed pubescent outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens ± 4.5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit usually subglobular, 2 mm. in diameter, tapering into the persistent style-base, 1-seeded, occasionally up to 5 mm. long and 2–3-seeded; endocarp mottled.
    Habitat
    Sandy lake shores, less often sand banks in rivers; 250–1200 m.; rainfall 1000–1200 mm.
    Distribution
    T1 T4 T6 T8 U3 U4
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Zambezian grassland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Indigofera microcalyx Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Whyte, A. [329], Malawi K000392931 Unknown type material
    Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000392932 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1897: 256 (1897)

    Accepted by

    • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
    • 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.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
    • 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.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
    • 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. 154 (1962).
    • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 108 (1962).
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 39 (1958).
    • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 155 (1954).
    • 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. in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1897: 256 (1897).

    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
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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.
    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