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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria, Kenya to Mozambique.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect annual up to 60 cm. tall, the branches glabrous or with very few appressed hairs ± 0.5 mm. long.
    Leaves
    Stipules filiform, almost glabrous, ± 2 mm. long; lower leaves up to 15-foliolate, the upper ones ± 7-foliolate; petiole nil or under 1 mm.; rhachis up to 45 mm. long, prolonged up to 4 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets, in the larger leaves the interval between the 2 lower leaflet pairs is 1–2 mm. only, less than half that between the other leaflet pairs; leaflets narrowly cuneate-oblong, rounded or acute, subapiculate, up to 15mm. long and 5mm. wide,the lowest pair asymmetrically ovate-acute, ± 6 mm. long by 3 mm. wide, glabrescent above, strigose beneath, with glutinous margins.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 2–3-flowered; peduncle glabrous, 12–20 mm. long; bracts caducous, filiform, up to 1 mm. long; pedicels glabrescent, 1 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx strigulose, 1.3 mm. long, divided to the middle, the lobes triangular with glandular tips.
    Corolla
    Corolla sparsely puberulent outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens 4–4.5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod 13–20 mm. long, ± 1.7 mm. wide and 1.4 mm. thick, glabrous, 5–10-seeded; endocarp spotted.
    Seeds
    Seeds pitted.
    Habitat
    Grassland; 0–300 m.; rainfall 1000–1200 mm.
    Distribution
    K7 P T3 T6 a variety occurs in N. Nigeria
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland.
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Other Data

    Indigofera wituensis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Lely, H.V. [P693], Nigeria K000392645 holotype
    Schrire, B.D. [2570], Kenya 62723.000
    Thomas. (Gebr Denhardt.) [207], Kenya K000392812 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Bot. 41: 243 (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.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 46 (1958).
    • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 243 (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