Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera cuneata Baker

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Somalia to Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or spreading, branching annual up to 40 cm. tall; stems pubescent or pilose when young, glabrescent when older.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules sublinear, up to 5 mm. long; rhachis up to 15 mm. long, including a petiole of up to 5 mm., prolonged 1–3 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets.
Morphology Leaves
Leaflets 1–9, 1–5 in the upper leaves which alone show on older plants, elliptic or cuneate-elliptic, up to 9 mm. long and 4 mm. wide, those of lower leaves obtuse, those of the youngest upper leaves sometimes gland-tipped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 2(rarely 1 or 3)-flowered; peduncle filiform, glabrous, 8–14 mm. long; bracts nil; pedicel pilose, 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 1 mm. long, divided to the middle into subulate lobes with a broadly triangular base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod rather flattened, laterally ridged, 7–17 mm. long, ± 1.6 mm. wide and 1.2 mm. thick, strigulose, 5–8-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds rectangular, pitted.
Habitat
Scattered tree grassland and cultivation, especially on sand; 0–1500 m.; rainfall 600–1400 mm.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K7 T1 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian grassland, Zambezian anthropic landscapes., Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland., Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; anthropic habitats.
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual, up to 40 cm tall; young parts pubescent or pilose
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 15 mm long including petiole of up to 5 mm
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 1–9, elliptic or cuneate-elliptic, up to 9 x 4 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes (1–)2(–3)-flowered; peduncle 8–14 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 1 mm long, divided to the middle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard pubescent outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–3.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod erect, 7–17 x c. 1.6 mm, straight, rather flattened and laterally ridged, strigulose, 5–8-seeded.
Distribution
S3 (near Kismaayo), E Kenya, Tanzania

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Indigofera cuneata Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Schlieben, H.J. [2458], Tanzania K000392824 isotype Yes
Bidgood, S. [6038], Tanzania K000468387 No
Gillett, J.B. [20348], Kenya K000059822 Yes
Drummond, R.B. [3861], Kenya K000059821 No
Makin, J. [429], Kenya K000059820 No

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 15: 92 (1876)

Accepted by

  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. in Oliv. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 15: 92 (1876).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 44 (1958).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 427 (1949).

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

  • 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