Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera argentea Burm.f.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Sahara to India.

[FWTA]

Papilionaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
A silvery desert shrublet
Morphology General Indumentum
Very sparingly glandular.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrubby much-branched herb, up to 30 cm or more tall
Morphology Stem
Stems ± ascending, glaucous-silvery and with very short glandular hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 2 cm long including a petiole of up to 1 cm
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 5–7, opposite, cuneate-obovate, up to 6 mm long, both sides silvery
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 3–12-flowered, lax, exceeding the subtending leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 1.5 mm long, densely pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard pubescent outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod linear-mucronate, up to 13 x 2 mm, straight, silvery and with very short and sparse yellowish glandular hairs, 2–5-seeded.
Distribution
N1 Eritrea, Egypt, Sudan and west to Mauretania, and S Arabia to India.
Ecology
Low altitude.
Vernacular
Forader, lebiyer (Somali).

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai shrubland, Sahara regional transition zone: desert.
Morphology General Habit
Annual/Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

[ILDIS]
Use
Forage

Native to:

Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Gulf States, India, Iran, Lebanon-Syria, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Socotra, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen

Introduced into:

Haiti

Indigofera argentea Burm.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
s.coll. [Cat. no. 5470] Indigofera brachycarpa K001121026 Yes
Jan 1, 2002 Cheek, M. [9278], Cameroon Indigofera simplicifolia K000025740 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 5476] Indigofera retusa K001121049 Yes

First published in Fl. Indica: 171 (1768)

Accepted by

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • 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.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
  • 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.
  • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
  • Musselman, L.J. (2011). Checklist of Plants of Lebanon and Syria http://ww2.odu.edu/~lmusselm/plant/lebsyria/Checklist%20of%20Lebanon%20Plants.pdf.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Rechinger, K.H. & al. (1984). Papilionaceae II Flora Iranica 157: 1-499. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Bak. f. Leg. Trop. Afr. 1: 152
  • Fl. Ind. 171 (1768)
  • Tiss. in Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat., sér. 2, 3: 270.
  • not of Linn., Mant. Pl. 2: 273 (1771).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
  • 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.
  • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
  • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
  • Musselman, L.J. (2011). Checklist of Plants of Lebanon and Syria http://ww2.odu.edu/~lmusselm/plant/lebsyria/Checklist%20of%20Lebanon%20Plants.pdf.
  • Nelson Sutherland, C.H. (2008). Catálogo de las plantes vasculares de Honduras. Espermatofitas: 1-1576. SERNA/Guaymuras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Rechinger, K.H. & al. (1984). Papilionaceae II Flora Iranica 157: 1-499. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Lebrun, J.-P. (1977). IEMVPT Et. Bot. 4. Elem atlas pl. vasc. de l'Afrique seche. 1
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun (1976). IEMVPT Etude Botanique No. 3. Catalogue des plantes.. du Niger
  • Thulin, M. (1983). Opera Botanica 68:1-223. Leguminosae of Ethiopia

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

  • International Legume Database and Information Service

    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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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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