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

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

    [FWTA]

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

    Habit
    Erect scabrid herb up to 3 ft. tall or more.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian anthropic landscapes., Zambezian grassland, Sudanian grasslands, Sudanian anthropic landscapes
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect annual with a taproot, up to 1.3 m. tall, scabrous-hispidulous throughout, the hairs often brownish.
    Leaves
    Leaves simple; stipules stiff, narrow, attenuate, up to 7 mm. long; petiole 1–2 mm. long; blade linear-lanceolate, acute, up to 7 cm. long and 8 mm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of numerous shortly pedunculate head-like panicles at the ends of the main branches and in the axils of reduced leaves, densely covered with stiff brownish spreading hairs up to ± 1 mm. long; pedicels ±1.5 mm. long, rather longer than the bracts.
    Calyx
    Calyx deeply divided, ± 3 mm. long, a little shorter than the stamens which dry almost black.
    Corolla
    Standard elliptic, ± 5 mm. long, including a subulate tip 0.5 mm. long, like the keel densely hispid outside; wings glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit ± 4 mm. long and 2 mm. wide, densely brownish hispid, 2-seeded.
    Habitat
    Overgrazed areas, old cultivation and open spots with shallow soil; 900–1800 m.; rainfall 1100–1500 mm.
    Distribution
    Ivory Coast to Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola T1 T4 T7 T8 U1 U3 U4

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Indigofera polysphaera Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1997 Bidgood, S. [3621], Tanzania K000624280
    Jan 1, 1996 Liben, L. [2541], Congo, DRC K000624272
    Jan 1, 1972 Geerling, C. [1268], Burkina Faso K000624261
    Oct 10, 1969 Jackson, J.A.D. [677], Nigeria K000624267
    Jan 1, 1959 Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [1993], Côte d'Ivoire K000624260
    Jan 1, 1958 s.coll. [14043], Angola K000624288
    Bullock, A.A. [2819], Tanzania K000624283
    Latilo, M.G. [23542], Nigeria K000624266
    Fanshawe, D.B. [8651], Zambia K000624287
    Mullenders, W. [186], Congo, DRC K000624270
    Chevalier, A. [22146], Ivory Coast K000392683 isotype
    Wood, G.H.S. [716], Uganda K000624278
    Myers, J.G. [7741], Sudan K000624276
    Tanner, R. [4886], Tanzania K000624284
    Milne-Redhead, E. [9646], Tanzania K000624281
    Milne-Redhead, E. [9646], Tanzania K000624282
    Hambler, D.J. [358], Nigeria K000624264
    Hambler, D.J. [358], Nigeria K000624265
    Fay, J.M. [5960], Central African Republic K000624268
    Letouzey, R. [7690], Cameroon K000624274
    Richards, H.M. [8857], Zambia K000624286
    Ern, H. [2046], Togo K000624263
    Carson, A. [70 of 1894 collection] K000392938 Unknown type material
    Reekmans, M. [8989], Burundi K000624273
    Christiaensen, A.R. [1175], Congo, DRC K000624269
    Sanane, M. [474], Zambia K000624285
    Innes, R.R. [2129], Ghana K000624262
    Katende, A.B. [649], Uganda K000624279
    Boussim, J. [1499], Mali K000624259
    Schlechter, R. [1899], Gabon K000624275
    Purseglove, J.W. [1039], Uganda K000624277

    Bibliography

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1895: 65 (1895)

    Accepted by

    • van der Maesen, L.J.G. & Sosef, M.S.M. (2016). Flore du Gabon 49: 1-407. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
    • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
    • 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: 128.
    • Bak. f. Leg. Trop. Afr. 1: 103
    • in Kew Bull. 1895: 65

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • van der Maesen, L.J.G. & Sosef, M.S.M. (2016). Flore du Gabon 49: 1-407. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
    • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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.
    • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
    • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 104 (1962).
    • Gillett in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 538 (1958)
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 27 (1958).
    • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 128 (1954).
    • Bak. in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1895: 65 (1895).

    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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    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.
    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