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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera subulifera Welw. ex Baker

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

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual up to 50 cm. tall; stems reddish, appressed pubescent with short soft white hairs.
    Leaves
    Stipules lanceolate-subulate, 3–4 mm. long; leaf-rhachis up to 2 cm. long, including a petiole of 1–2 mm., prolonged 1–2 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; dark filiform stipellae 0.3–1 mm. long sometimes present; leaflets 9–11 in the lower leaves, usually 7 in the leaves subtending inflorescences, elliptic, apiculate, up to 8 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, strigulose on both surfaces.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes pubescent with short white hairs, up to 4 or 5 cm. long, including a peduncle of up to 8 mm.; bracts linear-lanceolate, 1.5 mm. long, caducous; pedicels spreading, 1–1.5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx white strigulose; tube 1 mm. long; lobes subulate, 2–2.4 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla white pubescent outside; standard suborbicular, 4 mm. across.
    Filaments
    Filaments 4 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary 1 mm. long, 2-ovulate; style 3.5 mm. long, curved through 50° 2.5 mm. above the base.
    Fruits
    Pod ± 5 mm. long by 1.5 mm. wide, ending in a subulate tip (the persistent style-base), white strigulose, 2-seeded; endocarp hardly spotted.
    Habitat
    Deciduous woodland, rocky gritty soil; 900 m.; rainfall perhaps 1000 mm.
    Distribution
    T4

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Central African Repu, Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Other Data

    Indigofera subulifera Welw. ex Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 96 (1871)

    Accepted by

    • 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.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • 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

    • 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.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • 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.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 115 (1962).
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 71 (1958).
    • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 156 (1954).
    • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 96 (1871).

    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

    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