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

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Perennial herb with a woody rootstock; stems pubescent.
Leaves
Leaves at the base of the shoots vestigial, the lamina reduced to a short point, those above these 1-foliolate and those at the top of the shoots 3–5(or, outside Flora area, –9)-foliolate; stipules narrowly triangular-setaceous, up to 12 mm. long; petiole 2–4 mm. long, the rhachis not prolonged beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets linear-lanceolate, sparsely strigulose, sometimes glabrous above; after flowering the simple leaves may reach 8 cm. in length and 1 cm. in width, the leaflets of compound leaves 5 cm. and 4 mm.
Inflorescences
Racemes 15–40-flowered, borne in the axils of the vestigial leaves below the immature foliage leaves, up to 15 cm. long in fruit, including a peduncle of up to 4 cm., much shorter in flower; bracts lanceolate, very caducous, up to 5 mm. long; pedicels in flower up to 1 mm. long, in fruit 2 mm., spreading or deflexed.
Calyx
Calyx sparingly pilose, 3–4 mm. long, the lobes narrowly triangular with subulate tips, longer than the tube.
Corolla
Corolla almost glabrous, the keel not rostrate, laterally spurred.
Stamens
Stamens 4 mm. long.
Fruits
Fruit up to 2.5 cm. long, 2.8 mm. wide, 1.5 mm. thick, appressed strigulose, 7–10-seeded; endocarp not, or hardly, spotted.
Seeds
Seeds smooth, oblong, 1.5 mm. long.
Habitat
Grassland; 1200–2100 m.; rainfall 1000–1300 mm.
Distribution
T4 T7

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Indigofera thomsonii Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Watermeyer, A. [141], Tanzania 759.000
Thomson [s.n.], Tanzania K000392846 holotype

First published in J. Bot. 41: 189 (1903)

Accepted by

  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 134 (1954).
  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 106 (1926).
  • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 189 (1903).

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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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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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