Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera brevicalyx Baker f.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa, SW. Arabian Peninsula.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Decumbent perennial up to 35 cm long from a woody taproot
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 15 mm long including a petiole of c. 1 mm
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 5–13, opposite, elliptic-oblong or cuneate-obovate, up to 10 x 3 mm, sparsely appressed strigose on both sides or glabrous above, with a blister at each side and another beneath the tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes (1–)2–3(–6)-flowered; peduncle up to 2 cm long, glabrous or sparsely strigose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 1.5 mm long, divided to the middle, each lobe with a blister on it
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard pubescent outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod erect, up to 20 x 1.8 mm, straight, strigulose, 8–12-seeded.
Distribution
N3; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, eastern Dem. Rep. Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Yemen
Ecology
Altitude c. 1300 m.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Afromontane grassland
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Branches prostrate from a woody perennial taproot, more or less sparsely appressed strigulose almost throughout, the hairs up to 1 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules linear, up to 3 mm. long; rhachis up to 15 mm. long, including a petiole of ± 1 mm., but usually much shorter, not or but shortly (± 1 mm.) prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–13, often with dark crimson processes in their axils, elliptic-oblong or euneate-obovate, up to 10 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, but usually much smaller, sometimes glabrous above, always having a blister at each side and another beneath the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 2–3-flowered; peduncle glabrous and up to 2 cm. long but usually much less; bracts filiform, ± 1 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ± 1.5 mm. long, divided to the middle, each lobe with a blister on it.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla puberulent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod erect, somewhat flattened, up to 18 mm. long, ± 1.8 mm. wide and 1.2 mm. thick, strigulose, 8–12-seeded; endocarp with numerous intense or faint spots.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± pitted.
Figures
Fig. 39/3, p. 239.
Habitat
Short upland grassland; 900–2300 m.; rainfall 750–1300 mm.
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 T3 T7 U2

Native to:

Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre

Indigofera brevicalyx Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Tweedie, E.M. [765], Kenya 9272.000 No
Schimper [1397], Ethiopia K000392739 isotype Yes
Burchell [7366], South Africa Indigofera pentaphylla K000393121 Unknown type material Yes

First published in J. Bot. 41: 237 (1903)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
  • 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

  • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 237 (1903).
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 159 (1954).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 43 (1958).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

  • Flora of Somalia

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