Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera cliffordiana J.B.Gillett

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

[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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrublet about 50 cm. tall, the branches densely appressed silvery.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules subulate, ± 2 mm. long; petiole normally 2–3 mm. long; rhachis normally not, or ± 1 mm. only, prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets usually 3, cuneate-obovate, apiculate, ± 12 mm. long and 7 mm. wide, strigulose above, strigose beneath, the midrib impressed above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes silvery, 10–20-flowered, up to 6 cm. long, including a peduncle of up to 2 cm.; bracts lanceolate, ± 1.5 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1.5 mm. long, strongly reflexed in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ± 2.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-acuminate, rather longer than the tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white strigulose outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary up to 12-ovulate, densely strigose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit arcuate or circinate, with flattened gaps between the 5–8 oblong seeds, up to 3 cm. long, ± 1.8 mm. wide and 1.4 mm. thick.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds yellow streaked with purple, smooth, rounded oblong, bluntly rhombic in cross section, ± 2.3 × 1.2 × 1.0 mm.
Habitat
Semi-desert, dry grassland and bushland, especially on sand; 100–1450 m.; rainfall 200–400 mm.
Distribution
K1 K2 K6 K7 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Indigofera cliffordiana J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 21, 1955 Bogdan, A. [3470], Kenya K000059869 No
Wilson, J. [1283], Kenya K000059842 No
Gillett, J.B. [18963], Kenya K000059843 Yes
Faden, R.B. [318], Kenya K000059855 No
Hemming, C.F. [338], Kenya K000059864 No
Newbould, J.B. [6836], Kenya K000059866 No
Gillett, J.B. [20585], Kenya K000059851 No
Gillett, J.B. [16589], Kenya K000059849 No
Carter, S. [132], Kenya K000059867 No
Swinderen van [112], Kenya K000059850 No
Powys [411], Kenya K000059857 No
Gilbert, M.G. [5166], Kenya K000059856 No
Stannard, B. [1074], Kenya K000059852 No
Gillett, J.B. [20257], Kenya K000059863 No
Verdcourt, B. [2758], Kenya K000059868 No
Newbould, J.B. [3248], Kenya K000059844 No
Newbould, J.B. [7328], Kenya K000059865 No

First published in Kew Bull., Addit. Ser. 1: 107 (1958)

Accepted by

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 107 (1958).

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