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

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International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Zambezian bushland and thicket
Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Softly woody shrub up to 2.5 m. tall, everywhere sparsely appressed white strigulose.
Leaves
Leaves varying greatly in size according to the rainfall, sometimes tufted on condensed short shoots; stipules triangular-subulate, 2–4 mm. long; rhachis up to 45 mm. long, including a petiole of ± 10 mm., prolonged up to 5 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; stipellae absent or almost so; leaflets 7–9, rarely 5 or 11, cuneate, oblong-obovate, often emarginate, up to 20 mm. long and 12 mm. wide.
Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, sessile or, when much elongated, shortly pedunculate, 1–13 cm. long; bracts lanceolate, ± 1 mm. long, occasionally persistent; pedicel up to 2 mm. long, reflexed in fruit, but, by a bending of its base, the fruit itself is spreading or ascending.
Calyx
Calyx 2.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-acuminate, twice as long as the tube.
Corolla
Corolla white strigulose outside.
Stamens
Stamens ± 3 mm. long.
Fruits
Pod pointed, markedly tetragonal or almost winged, the wing, but not the sutures, slightly undulate, 3–4 cm. long, ± 3.5 mm. wide and 4 mm. thick, sparsely white strigulose; endocarp not spotted.
Seeds
Seeds 4–8, tetragonal, twice as long as wide.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland and thicket, often on rocky slopes; 250–2100 m.; rainfall 500–950 mm.
Distribution
K1 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 S. Ethiopia

Native to:

Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Indigofera lupatana Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 13, 1954 Burtt, B.D. [3572], Tanzania K000392839 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1924 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000393025 Unknown type material

First published in Legum. Trop. Africa: 154 (1926)

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.
  • 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.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 155 (1962).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 366 (1961).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 98 (1958).
  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 154 (1926).

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
International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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