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This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa, SW. Arabian Peninsula.

[FSOM]

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

Habit
Decumbent perennial up to 35 cm long from a woody taproot
Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 15 mm long including a petiole of c. 1 mm
Leaflets
Leaflets 5–13, opposite, elliptic-oblong or cuneate-obovate, up to 10 x 3 mm, sparsely appressed strigose on both sides or glabrous above, with a blister at each side and another beneath the tip
Inflorescences
Racemes (1–)2–3(–6)-flowered; peduncle up to 2 cm long, glabrous or sparsely strigose
Calyx
Calyx c. 1.5 mm long, divided to the middle, each lobe with a blister on it
Corolla
Standard pubescent outside
Stamens
Stamens 4–5 mm long
Fruits
Pod erect, up to 20 x 1.8 mm, straight, strigulose, 8–12-seeded.
Distribution
N3; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, eastern Dem. Rep. Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Yemen
Ecology
Altitude c. 1300 m.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Branches prostrate from a woody perennial taproot, more or less sparsely appressed strigulose almost throughout, the hairs up to 1 mm. long.
Leaves
Stipules linear, up to 3 mm. long; rhachis up to 15 mm. long, including a petiole of ± 1 mm., but usually much shorter, not or but shortly (± 1 mm.) prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–13, often with dark crimson processes in their axils, elliptic-oblong or euneate-obovate, up to 10 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, but usually much smaller, sometimes glabrous above, always having a blister at each side and another beneath the tip.
Inflorescences
Racemes 2–3-flowered; peduncle glabrous and up to 2 cm. long but usually much less; bracts filiform, ± 1 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long.
Calyx
Calyx ± 1.5 mm. long, divided to the middle, each lobe with a blister on it.
Corolla
Corolla puberulent outside.
Stamens
Stamens 4–5 mm. long.
Fruits
Pod erect, somewhat flattened, up to 18 mm. long, ± 1.8 mm. wide and 1.2 mm. thick, strigulose, 8–12-seeded; endocarp with numerous intense or faint spots.
Seeds
Seeds ± pitted.
Figures
Fig. 39/3, p. 239.
Habitat
Short upland grassland; 900–2300 m.; rainfall 750–1300 mm.
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 T3 T7 U2

Native to:

Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre

Indigofera brevicalyx Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Tweedie, E.M. [765], Kenya 9272.000
Schimper [1397], Ethiopia K000392739 isotype
Burchell [7366], South Africa Indigofera pentaphylla K000393121 Unknown type material

First published in J. Bot. 41: 237 (1903)

Accepted by

  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

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, Add. Ser. 1: 43 (1958).
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 159 (1954).
  • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 237 (1903).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Flora of Somalia
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