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

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Erect annual herb up to 35 cm. tall, everywhere covered with a sparse or dense indumentum of white, more or less appressed biramous hairs; rather short erect multicellular gland-tipped hairs nearly always also occur, which are up to 0.6 or rarely 1 mm. long on the stems and leaf-rhachis, up to 0.3 or rarely 1 mm. on the pod; such hairs are never found on the leaflets.
Leaves
Leaves 7–11 (rarely –15)-foliolate; stipules linear-filiform, erect or spreading, up to 4 mm. long; rhachis prolonged beyond the lateral leaflets, up to 4 cm. long, including a petiole longer than the basal leaflets; leaflets up to 15 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, 2.6 to 6 times as long as wide.
Inflorescences
Racemes 6–20-flowered, about as long as the subtending leaf, the peduncle, at least in the fruiting state, shorter than the rest of the axis.
Calyx
Calyx deeply divided, 0.6–1 times as long as the 2.3–3 mm. long filaments.
Style
Style 0.7–1 mm. long, bent up through 50–90° near the base.
Fruits
Pod straight, spreading, 10–18 mm. long, ± 1.6 mm. wide, 9–13-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Habitat
Dry grassland, Acacia, Commiphora bushland, margins of cultivation; 0–1250 m.; rainfall 400–900 mm.
Distribution
K1 K4 K7 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Zambezian anthropic landscapes., Zambezian bushland and thicket, Somalia-Masai grasslands, Somalia-Masai anthropic landscapes, Zambezian grassland
Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Habit
Erect annual, up to 35 cm tall, ± appressed white-pubescent throughout, stem, leaf-rhachis and pod also with short erect multicellular glandular hairs
Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 4 cm long including a petiole longer than the basal leaflets
Leaflets
Leaflets 7–11, narrowly elliptic, up to 15 x 3 mm, margins not glandular
Inflorescences
Racemes 6–20-flowered, about as long as subtending leaf
Calyx
Calyx c. 2 mm long, deeply divided
Corolla
Standard pubescent outside
Stamens
Stamens 2.3–3 mm long
Style
Style 0.7–1 mm long, bent abruptly up near the base
Fruits
Pod 10–18 x 1.6 mm, spreading, straight, shortly glandular pubescent, 9–13-seeded.
Distribution
S2, 3 Ethiopia, Kenya and south to Zimbabwe and Angola.
Ecology
Altitude range 5–30 m.

Native to:

Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Indigofera brachynema J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 24: 487 (1970)

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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The 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.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 24: 487 (1970).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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International Legume Database and Information Service
International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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