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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera thomsonii Baker f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Zambia.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb with a woody rootstock; stems pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves at the base of the shoots vestigial, the lamina reduced to a short point, those above these 1-foliolate and those at the top of the shoots 3–5(or, outside Flora area, –9)-foliolate; stipules narrowly triangular-setaceous, up to 12 mm. long; petiole 2–4 mm. long, the rhachis not prolonged beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets linear-lanceolate, sparsely strigulose, sometimes glabrous above; after flowering the simple leaves may reach 8 cm. in length and 1 cm. in width, the leaflets of compound leaves 5 cm. and 4 mm.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 15–40-flowered, borne in the axils of the vestigial leaves below the immature foliage leaves, up to 15 cm. long in fruit, including a peduncle of up to 4 cm., much shorter in flower; bracts lanceolate, very caducous, up to 5 mm. long; pedicels in flower up to 1 mm. long, in fruit 2 mm., spreading or deflexed.
    Calyx
    Calyx sparingly pilose, 3–4 mm. long, the lobes narrowly triangular with subulate tips, longer than the tube.
    Corolla
    Corolla almost glabrous, the keel not rostrate, laterally spurred.
    Stamens
    Stamens 4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit up to 2.5 cm. long, 2.8 mm. wide, 1.5 mm. thick, appressed strigulose, 7–10-seeded; endocarp not, or hardly, spotted.
    Seeds
    Seeds smooth, oblong, 1.5 mm. long.
    Habitat
    Grassland; 1200–2100 m.; rainfall 1000–1300 mm.
    Distribution
    T4 T7
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian grassland, Afromontane grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Indigofera thomsonii Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Watermeyer, A. [141], Tanzania 759.000
    Thomson [s.n.], Tanzania K000392846 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Bot. 41: 189 (1903)

    Accepted by

    • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. 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

    • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 134 (1954).
    • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 106 (1926).
    • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 189 (1903).

    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