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

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Perennial, usually flowering after a fire, with a woody rootstock and several decumbent or weakly ascending stems up to 30 cm. long; everywhere sparsely appressed strigose with rather long (up to 0.9 mm.) biramous hairs; long erect glandular or eglandular multicellular hairs are usually also present on the stems and similar but shorter hairs on leaf- and inflorescence-rhachides but not on the leaflets.
Leaves
Stipules narrowly attenuate, up to 4 mm. long; rhachis, including a petiole of 1–6 mm., up to 15 mm. long, usually not prolonged beyond the lateral leaflets except in 3-foliolate leaves; leaflets 3–7, oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, stiffly acute or obtuse, up to 15 mm. long and 5 mm. wide.
Inflorescences
Raceme 5–10-flowered, 3–5 cm. long, including a peduncle of 1–3 cm., the 2 lowest flowers usually subopposite; bracts lanceolate, up to 2 mm. long, caducous or persistent; pedicels erect, 1–2 mm. long.
Calyx
Calyx strigose, ± 3 mm. long, divided for three-quarters of its length into narrowly triangular-subulate lobes.
Corolla
Corolla densely appressed white strigose outside, 7–8 mm. long.
Stamens
Stamens 5–7 mm. long.
Ovules
Ovules 6–8.
Fruits
Pod more or less erect, cylindrical, 10–14 mm. long, 1.3 mm. wide, strigose-puberulent, 4–6-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Habitat
Upland or fire-induced grassland; 1000–2200 m.; rainfall 1000–1300 mm.
Distribution
southern Congo T2 T4 T5 T7 T8

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Native to:

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

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Galpin, E.E. [1039], South Africa K000393081 Unknown type material
Stirton, C.H. [11814], South Africa 59269.000
Schrire, B.D. [2330], South Africa 62718.000
Ecklon [s.n.] K000393082 Unknown type material
Rogers, F.A. [26210], Congo, DRC K000392614 Unknown type material
Rogers, F.A. [26210], Congo, DRC K000392615 Unknown type material
[Queenzius] [s.n.], South Africa K000393083

First published in Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 241 (1836)

Accepted by

  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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

  • 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 24: 476 (1970).
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 133 (1954).
  • Eckl. & Zeyh., Enum. Pl. Afr. Austr.: 241 (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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