Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera hedyantha Eckl. & Zeyh.

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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Stiffly erect rather woody herb, up to 150 cm. tall from a taproot; branches rather densely covered with short (± 0.3 mm.) appressed white, brown or black hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules subulate, ± 1 mm. long; rhachis up to 15 mm. long, including a petiole of ± 1 mm., not prolonged beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 7–11, on petiolules up to 1.5 mm. long, narrowly oblong, cuneate at the base, rounded apiculate and recurved at the apex, up to 15 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, strigulose beneath, glabrous above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 5–17-flowered; peduncle strigulose, 1–4 cm. long, about as long as the rest of the axis; bracts persistent, 1–2 mm. long; pedicels up to 8 mm. long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx densely covered with appressed black hairs, 3–4 mm. long, divided to the middle into triangular lobes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla densely covered outside with mainly golden-brown appressed hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10–13 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods cylindrical, up to 4 cm. long, ± 2.3 mm. wide, dark, black strigulose; endocarp spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± 8, well separated.
Habitat
Upland grassland; 1400–2600 m.; rainfall 800–1200 mm.
Distribution
K3 K4 T4 T5 T7

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Indigofera hedyantha Eckl. & Zeyh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Schrire, B.D. [2352], South Africa 59317.000 No
Cecil, M.P. [174], Zimbabwe K000392924 Unknown type material Yes
Burtt-Davy, J. [s.n.], South Africa K000393233 Unknown type material Yes
Ecklon [s.n.], South Africa K000393234 Yes

First published in Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 243 (1836)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Eckl. & Zeyh., Enum. Pl. Afr. Austr.: 243 (1836).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 50 (1958).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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