Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera amorphoides Jaub. & Spach

This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to Kenya, SW. Arabian Peninsula, Namibia.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrubby herb up to 1 m tall; stems densely strigulose
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 11 cm long including a petiole of 1–3 cm
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 7–15, opposite, elliptic-oblong, up to 19 x 9 mm, strigulose beneath, glabrous above
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, subsessile, up to 3.5 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 1.3 mm long with narrowly triangular lobes about as long as the tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard brownish strigulose outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod up to 6 x 3 mm, straight, deflexed, not torulose, indehiscent, crisped pubescent, 1–2(–3)-seeded.
Distribution
N1–3; Eritrea, Ethiopia, N Kenya, S Arabia
Ecology
Altitude range 1000–1850 m.
Vernacular
Dharjo, gelelo, lebiyer (Somali).

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Stout erect woody herb up to 70 cm. tall; stems slightly ridged, very densely strigulose.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules subulate, setaceous-tipped, ± 3 mm. long; rhachis channelled above, sparsely strigulose, up to 8 cm. long, including a petiole of ± 2 cm., prolonged 2–3 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; stipellae minute; petiolules 1 mm. long; leaflets 7–15, cuneate, elliptic-oblong, emarginate in lower leaves, rounded in the upper, up to 19 mm. long and 9 mm. wide, sparingly strigulose beneath, glabrous above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, sessile, up to 3.5 cm. long; axis strigulose; bracts linear-lanceolate, ± 1 mm. long, very caducous; pedicel ± 1 mm. long, strongly reflexed after flowering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx strigulose, ± 1.3 mm. long; lobes subulate-tipped, about as long as the tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla golden-brown strigulose outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod brown, indehiscent, or the valves rupturing irregularly, not torulose, obtuse-apiculate, up to 6 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, 2.5 mm. thick; dorsal suture ± 1.5 mm. wide; endocarp brown, the spots confluent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–2 or rarely 3, rounded-cuboid.
Habitat
Acacia, Commiphora open bushland; 900 m.; rainfall 400 mm.
Distribution
K1 and S. Arabia

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

Native to:

Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Somalia, Yemen

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
[Unknown] [2213], Ethiopia K000392717 Unknown type material Yes

First published in Ill. Pl. Orient. 5: 93 (1856)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. 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

  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 105 (1958).
  • Jaub. & Spach, Ill. Pl. Or., t. 483 (1856).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
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