Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera circinella Baker f.

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

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

[FTEA]

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

Diagnostic
Procumbent herb with a stout perennial taproot, much resembling certain forms of I. spicata except for the fruits which are brown, subtorulose, spirally coiled, almost indehiscent, 15–20 mm. long, ± 1.4 mm. wide and 1.8 mm. thick; endocarp spotted; seeds 5–6, oblong, brown, angular, pitted.
Morphology Leaves
Leaflets 4–7, oblanceolate or cuneate-obovate, not above ± 10 mm. long and 4 mm. wide, strigulose or glabrous above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence not above 1.5 cm. long, almost sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2.5–3 mm., about as long as calyx.
Habitat
Short grassland, especially on poor shallow soils; 50–2100 m.; rainfall 750–1300 mm.
Distribution
K3 K4 K5 K6 T1 T4 T5 T6 U2 U3 U4 eastern Congo

Native to:

Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Queensland

Indigofera circinella Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Scott Elliot, G.F. [6892], Kenya K000392954 Unknown type material Yes

First published in J. Bot. 44: 314 (1906)

Accepted by

  • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 44: 314 (1906).
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 148 (1954).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 120 (1958).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 426 (1949).
  • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 296, t. 27 (1948).

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • 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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • 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/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0