Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera emarginella Steud. ex A.Rich.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Eritrea and S. Tropical Africa.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Sudanian grasslands, Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Zambezian woodland, Zambezian grassland
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Woody undershrub up to 5 ft. high
Ecology
Rarely below 3, 000 ft. alt.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Softly woody shrub up to 2 m. tall; stems ribbed, minutely brown strigulose or puberulent, usually ascending, almost unbranched from a perennial base at ground level.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules triangular, ± 2 mm. long; rhachis brown strigulose or puberulent, up to 8 cm. long, including a petiole of up to 10 or 15 mm., prolonged up to 9 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; stipellae filiform, caducous, 1.5 mm. long; petiolules blackish strigulose or puberulent, 2–3 mm. long; leaflets 7–11 or rarely 5, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, often emarginate, up to 2 cm. long and 16 mm. wide, or rarely up to 4.5 cm. long and 3 cm. wide, strigulose on both surfaces, the hairs brown and ± spreading on the nerves beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes almost sessile, densely blackish brown strigulose, many-flowered, up to ± 7 cm. long; bracts lanceolate-acuminate, up to 3 mm. long, caducous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long, strongly reflexed in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx densely brown, or rarely white, strigulose, ± 1.5 mm. long; lobes broadly triangular, the upper almost obsolete, shorter than the tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla densely golden-brown strigulose outside; standard persistent after the other petals have fallen, sometimes until the fruit is ripe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5–6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod straight, subcylindrical, pointed, 15–22 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide and 1.9 mm. thick, brown strigulose; endocarp spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4–5, well separated.
Figures
Fig. 43/6, p. 293.
Habitat
Grassland, Brachystegia woodland and forest margins; 500–2250 m.; rainfall 750–1600 mm.
Distribution
K3 K5 T1 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 U1 U2 U3 U4

[ILDIS]
Use
Chemical products

Native to:

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Indigofera emarginella Steud. ex A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Cameron [s.n.], Tanzania K000392841 Unknown type material Yes
Daramola, B. O. [FHI 43209], Cameroon K000087107 No
Brunt, M.A. [445], Cameroon K000087119 No

First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 184 (1847)

Accepted by

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • 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.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Bak. f. Leg. Trop. Afr. 1: 157
  • Cronq. in Fl. Congo Belge 5: 135.
  • F.T.A. 2: 99
  • Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 184(1847)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • 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.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. 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

  • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 184 (1847).
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 135 (1954).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 366 (1961).
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 155 (1962).
  • Gillett in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 541 (1958)
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 95 (1958).
  • Harms in A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3 (1): 581, fig. 287/D-H (1915).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 428 (1949).
  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 122 (1962).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill
  • Lock, J. M. (1985). Specimen in Herb. Kew

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