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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Annual or short-lived perennial herb up to 25 cm. tall, with a well-developed taproot; branches usually ± prostrate, up to 50 cm. long, everywhere covered with white ± appressed biramous hairs; glandular erect multicellular hairs on stems usually under 0.5 mm. but sometimes up to 2 or 2.5 mm. long, on the leaves very short but usually extending to the leaflet-margins, on the pods usually under 0.5 mm. but sometimes up to 1.2 mm. long.
Leaves
Stipules linear, spreading, up to 6 mm. long; leaf-rhachis prolonged beyond lateral leaflets, up to 4.5 cm. long including a petiole longer than the basal leaflets; leaflets 7–11, or very rarely 13, elliptic-oblanceolate, 2–2.6 times as long as wide, up to 10 mm. long and 4 mm. wide.
Inflorescences
Racemes 6–20-flowered, usually about as long as the subtending leaf, the peduncle 1–2 cm. long, equal to, or half as long as, the rest of the rhachis.
Calyx
Calyx deeply divided, 0.3–0.8 times as long as the filaments, which are 5–7 mm. long.
Style
Style ± 3 mm. long, bent through 90° a little below the middle.
Fruits
Pod spreading, straight, up to 17 mm. long, about 1.5 mm. wide, 11–13-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Habitat
Dry stony ground, sometimes in areas rich in soda, in semi-desert, dry grassland or the drier types of Acacia, Commiphora bushland; 660–2200 m.; rainfall 300–700 mm.
Distribution
K1 K3 K6 T1 T2 not known elsewhere

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 14, 1962 Bogdan, A. [AB 1869], Kenya K000392866 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 24: 488 (1970)

Accepted by

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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: 488 (1970).

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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