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This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S. Africa, SW. Arabian Peninsula.

[FSOM]

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

Habit
Shrubby perennial up to 1.5 m tall, silvery pubescent
Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 6 cm long including a petiole of c. 3 mm
Leaflets
Leaflets 3–10, alternate, elliptic or obovate, up to 25 x 20 mm, strigulose on both sides
Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, up to 20 cm long including a peduncle of 1–2 cm
Calyx
Calyx 2–3 mm long; lobes triangular, 1–2 times as long as the tube
Corolla
Standard densely yellowish strigulose outside
Stamens
Stamens 4–10 mm long
Fruits
Pod up to 28 x 2 mm, straight or rarely curved, sometimes torulose, reflexed, white strigulose, up to 12-seeded.
Distribution
N1–3; C1, 2; S1–3 widespread in tropical Africa and in South Africa.
Ecology
Altitude up to 1560 m.
Vernacular
Dharjo, dharqo (Somali).
Note
Very variable, e.g. in leaf shape and flower size.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Herb with a perennial woody rootstock, or sometimes shrubby and up to 1.3 m. tall, with silvery indumentum on stems, leaf-rhachides and inflorescences.
Leaves
Stipules linear-lanceolate, up to 9 mm. long, with brown scarious margins and subulate tips; rhachis subcylindrical, channelled above, up to 6 cm. long, including a petiole of ± 3 mm., prolonged up to 5 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–10, alternate, lanceolate-elliptic or obovate, apiculate, up to 25 mm. long and 20 mm. wide, strigulose on both surfaces.
Inflorescences
Raceme many-flowered, up to 20 cm. long including a peduncle of 1–2 cm.; bracts reddish, ovate, subulate, ± 1 mm. long, very caducous; pedicels up to 1 mm. long, reflexed after flowering.
Calyx
Calyx white strigulose, 2–3 mm. long; lobes triangular, 1–2 times as long as the tube.
Corolla
Corolla densely glistening yellow strigulose outside.
Stamens
Stamens 4–10 mm. long.
Fruits
Pods straight, somewhat curved or bent sharply at the base, subtetragonal, up to 28 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide, rather densely white strigulose, up to 12-seeded; endocarp not spotted.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai grasslands, Zambezian grassland, Sudanian grasslands
Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

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[ILDIS]
Use
Forage

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Queensland

Indigofera schimperi Jaub. & Spach appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Ill. Pl. Orient. 5: 94 (1856)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
  • 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.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
  • 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.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 130 (1962).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 116 (1958).
  • Jaub. & Spach, Ill. Pl. Or., t. 484 (1856).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill
  • Gillett, J. B. (1958). Kew Bull. Addnl. ser. 1:1-166. Indigofera.. in Tropical Africa.

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0