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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera volkensii Taub.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Eritrea and Tanzania, Arabian Peninsula.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Somalia-Masai grasslands, Somalia-Masai anthropic landscapes
    Habit
    Annual/Perennial, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Branching herb up to 40 cm. tall from a perennial rootstock; stems, inflorescences, stipules and leaf-rhachides ± densely strigose or pilose, the hairs often spreading at the tips.
    Leaves
    Stipules rather scarious at the broad base, tapering to a setaceous tip, up to 8 mm. long; rhachis up to 25 mm. long, including a petiole of 1–5 mm., produced up to 5 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 3–7, alternate, lanceolate-oblong, the terminal much larger than the lateral, up to 45 mm. long and 15 mm. wide, strigose on both surfaces.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes diffusely strigose, up to 7 cm. long, including a peduncle of 1–2.5 cm.; bracts lanceolate, up to 4 mm. long, diffusely strigose, caducous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long, reflexed after flowering.
    Calyx
    Calyx strigose, 4–6 mm. long, divided almost to the base into setaceous lobes, the lower much longer than the upper.
    Corolla
    Corolla strigose-pubescent outside, very caducous.
    Stamens
    Stamens 4–5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod straight, rather tetragonal, up to 15 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide, 5–8-seeded.
    Figures
    Fig. 46/1–16, p. 316.
    Habitat
    Acacia, Commiphora bushland, scattered tree grassland and as a weed in cultivated areas; 200–2200 m.; rainfall 250–1000 mm.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T5 T6 U1 SE. Sudan, S. Ethiopia
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual or short-lived perennial procumbent herb.
    Indumentum
    Indumentum of white biramous hairs rather dense and nearly always appressed on stems and leaves, somewhat spreading on inflorescence, calyx and fruit.
    Leaves
    Stipules narrowly linear-lanceolate, subfalcate; leaf-rhachis up to 15 mm. long, including a petiole of up to 7 mm.; leaflets 2–4, broadly elliptic, obtuse, the terminal one larger than the lateral and up to 20 mm. long and 15 mm. wide, the hairs on the upper surface more slender than those beneath.
    Inflorescences
    Raceme up to 9 cm. long including a peduncle up to 3.5 cm. long; flowers numerous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx pilose, deeply divided, about as long as the 3.5 mm. long stamens.
    Fruits
    Pod straight, ± 12 mm. long and 2 mm. wide, 6–7-seeded; endocarp with pale spots in 4 longitudinal bands.
    Seeds
    Seeds cuboid, orange.
    Habitat
    Semi-desert grassland at edge of riverine forest; 780 m.
    Distribution
    K2
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai grasslands
    Habit
    Annual/Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Indigofera volkensii Taub. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Volkens, G. [1738], Tanzania K000392955 isotype
    James [s.n.], Somalia Indigofera phillipsiae K000392793 Unknown type material
    Schweinfurth, G. [247] Indigofera insularis K000392794 isotype

    Bibliography

    First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 210 (1895)

    Accepted by

    • 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.
    • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
    • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • 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.
    • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
    • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
    • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 118 (1958).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 428 (1949).
    • Taub. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 210 (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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    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