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This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria, Kenya to Mozambique.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Erect annual up to 60 cm. tall, the branches glabrous or with very few appressed hairs ± 0.5 mm. long.
Leaves
Stipules filiform, almost glabrous, ± 2 mm. long; lower leaves up to 15-foliolate, the upper ones ± 7-foliolate; petiole nil or under 1 mm.; rhachis up to 45 mm. long, prolonged up to 4 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets, in the larger leaves the interval between the 2 lower leaflet pairs is 1–2 mm. only, less than half that between the other leaflet pairs; leaflets narrowly cuneate-oblong, rounded or acute, subapiculate, up to 15mm. long and 5mm. wide,the lowest pair asymmetrically ovate-acute, ± 6 mm. long by 3 mm. wide, glabrescent above, strigose beneath, with glutinous margins.
Inflorescences
Racemes 2–3-flowered; peduncle glabrous, 12–20 mm. long; bracts caducous, filiform, up to 1 mm. long; pedicels glabrescent, 1 mm. long.
Calyx
Calyx strigulose, 1.3 mm. long, divided to the middle, the lobes triangular with glandular tips.
Corolla
Corolla sparsely puberulent outside.
Stamens
Stamens 4–4.5 mm. long.
Fruits
Pod 13–20 mm. long, ± 1.7 mm. wide and 1.4 mm. thick, glabrous, 5–10-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Seeds
Seeds pitted.
Habitat
Grassland; 0–300 m.; rainfall 1000–1200 mm.
Distribution
K7 P T3 T6 a variety occurs in N. Nigeria

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland.
Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania

Indigofera wituensis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Lely, H.V. [P693], Nigeria K000392645 holotype
Schrire, B.D. [2570], Kenya 62723.000
Thomas. (Gebr Denhardt.) [207], Kenya K000392812 Unknown type material

First published in J. Bot. 41: 243 (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.
  • 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, Add. Ser. 1: 46 (1958).
  • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 243 (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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