Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera ambelacensis Schweinf.

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

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Sudanian grasslands, Somalia-Masai grasslands, Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or spreading annual, branching from the base, up to 80 cm. tall from a taproot; branches more or less densely pubescent or pilose.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules linear, pilose, ± 4 mm. long; rhachis pilose, up to 2 cm. long including a petiole rarely, except for first leaves in young plants, exceeding 1 mm., prolonged 1–2 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–11, narrowly oblong or oblanceolate, usually acute, rarely over 10 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, appressed pilose above, strigose beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme 2–4-flowered; peduncle almost glabrous, 8–30 mm. long; bracts filiform, 1–2 mm. long, very caducous; pedicels pilose, 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx pilose, 2–3 mm. long, divided below the middle into filiform lobes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods dark green or blackish, 10–25 mm. long, 1.7 mm. wide, 1.3 mm. thick, strigose-puberulent, 8–15-seeded; endocarp mottled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds pitted.
Figures
Fig. 39/4, p. 239.
Habitat
Grassy and rocky places, roadsides and as a weed in cultivation; 400–1900 m.; rainfall 750–1400 mm.
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 T1 T2 T3 T6 U1 U2 U3 U4

Native to:

Burundi, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Indigofera ambelacensis Schweinf. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Herb. Boissier 4(App. 2): 237 (1896)

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.
  • 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.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

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.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 157 (1954).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 45 (1958).
  • Schweinf. in Bull. Herb. Boiss. 4, App. 2: 237 (1896).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

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  • International Legume Database and Information Service

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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