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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Indigofera L.
      1. Indigofera zavattarii Chiov.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Uganda.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Silvery perennial herb branching from a woody base, up to 50 cm. tall.
    Stem
    Young stems, like the stipules, leaves, peduncles and calyces more or less densely clothed with rather long white hairs, mostly appressed, but many spreading at the tips, the older stems reddish-brown, glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Stipules linear, 2–3 mm. long; rhachis up to 10 mm. long, including a petiole of 2–4 mm., not or hardly prolonged beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–7 or often 3 in the lowest leaf of each branch, cuneate-oblong or oblanceolate, obtuse or acute, apiculate, often folded and recurved at the apex, up to 11 mm. long and 3 mm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 1–4-flowered; peduncles 10–15 mm. long; bracts filiform, up to 1.5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 2–3 mm. long; tube less than 1 mm. long; lobes linear-subulate.
    Corolla
    Corolla silvery strigulose outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens ± 6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pods subcylindrical, 12–17 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide and thick, strigulose, 5–8 seeded; endocarp minutely spotted.
    Habitat
    Rocky hillsides; 1800–2250 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 U1 southern Ethiopia
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland, Somalia-Masai grasslands
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

    Other Data

    Indigofera zavattarii Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Miss. Biol. Borana, Racc. Bot., Angiosp.-Gymnosp.: 77 (1939)

    Accepted by

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • 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: 49 (1958).
    • Chiov. in Cuf., Miss. Biol. Boran.: 77, t. 16 (1939).

    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