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

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Stiffly erect rather woody herb, up to 150 cm. tall from a taproot; branches rather densely covered with short (± 0.3 mm.) appressed white, brown or black hairs.
Leaves
Stipules subulate, ± 1 mm. long; rhachis up to 15 mm. long, including a petiole of ± 1 mm., not prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 7–11, on petiolules up to 1.5 mm. long, narrowly oblong, cuneate at the base, rounded apiculate and recurved at the apex, up to 15 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, strigulose beneath, glabrous above.
Inflorescences
Racemes 5–17-flowered; peduncle strigulose, 1–4 cm. long, about as long as the rest of the axis; bracts persistent, 1–2 mm. long; pedicels up to 8 mm. long in fruit.
Calyx
Calyx densely covered with appressed black hairs, 3–4 mm. long, divided to the middle into triangular lobes.
Corolla
Corolla densely covered outside with mainly golden-brown appressed hairs.
Stamens
Stamens 10–13 mm. long.
Fruits
Pods cylindrical, up to 4 cm. long, ± 2.3 mm. wide, dark, black strigulose; endocarp spotted.
Seeds
Seeds ± 8, well separated.
Habitat
Upland grassland; 1400–2600 m.; rainfall 800–1200 mm.
Distribution
K3 K4 T4 T5 T7

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Indigofera hedyantha Eckl. & Zeyh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schrire, B.D. [2352], South Africa 59317.000
Ecklon [s.n.], South Africa K000393234
Burtt-Davy, J. [s.n.], South Africa K000393233 Unknown type material
Cecil, M.P. [174], Zimbabwe K000392924 Unknown type material

First published in Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 243 (1836)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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: 50 (1958).
  • Eckl. & Zeyh., Enum. Pl. Afr. Austr.: 243 (1836).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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International Legume Database and Information Service
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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