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

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Branched erect herb up to 1 m. tall from a woody but normally annual rootstock; medifixed hairs on stems, etc., white, spreading at the tips; short (up to 0.3 mm.) multicellular glandular hairs reddish, very abundant on stems, leaf- and inflorescence-rhachides and sometimes found on calyx-lobes and leaflet-margins.
Leaves
Stipules spreading, setaceous, up to 4 mm. long; rhachis up to 7 cm. long, including a petiole 1–20 mm. long, prolonged up to 3 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets 7–19, elliptical or elliptic-oblong, rounded and apiculate at the tip, up to 10 mm. long and 6 mm. wide, densely strigulose on both surfaces (hairs ± 0.4 mm. long) and also strongly strigose beneath (hairs 1 mm. long).
Inflorescences
Raceme 15–35-flowered, up to 8 cm. long including a peduncle of 1–2 cm.; bracts linear, up to 3 mm. long, sometimes subpersistent; pedicels up to 1.5 mm. long.
Calyx
Calyx strigose, up to 4 mm. long, divided almost to the base, the lobes ending in long setaceous tips.
Corolla
Corolla strigose outside.
Stamens
Stamens 3–4 mm. long.
Fruits
Pods straight, 10–15 mm. long, 1.6 mm. wide, 1.2 mm. thick, densely covered both with rather spreading white medifixed hairs and with erect glandular hairs up to 0.6 mm. long, 6–8-seeded.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian woodland
Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Indigofera viscidissima Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Welwitsch [2042], Angola K000392895 isotype

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 100 (1871)

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.
  • 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

  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 112 (1962).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 65 (1958).
  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 100 (1871).

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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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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