Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera hilaris Eckl. & Zeyh.

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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial, usually flowering after a fire, with a woody rootstock and several decumbent or weakly ascending stems up to 30 cm. long; everywhere sparsely appressed strigose with rather long (up to 0.9 mm.) biramous hairs; long erect glandular or eglandular multicellular hairs are usually also present on the stems and similar but shorter hairs on leaf- and inflorescence-rhachides but not on the leaflets.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules narrowly attenuate, up to 4 mm. long; rhachis, including a petiole of 1–6 mm., up to 15 mm. long, usually not prolonged beyond the lateral leaflets except in 3-foliolate leaves; leaflets 3–7, oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, stiffly acute or obtuse, up to 15 mm. long and 5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme 5–10-flowered, 3–5 cm. long, including a peduncle of 1–3 cm., the 2 lowest flowers usually subopposite; bracts lanceolate, up to 2 mm. long, caducous or persistent; pedicels erect, 1–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx strigose, ± 3 mm. long, divided for three-quarters of its length into narrowly triangular-subulate lobes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla densely appressed white strigose outside, 7–8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5–7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary Ovules
Ovules 6–8.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod more or less erect, cylindrical, 10–14 mm. long, 1.3 mm. wide, strigose-puberulent, 4–6-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Habitat
Upland or fire-induced grassland; 1000–2200 m.; rainfall 1000–1300 mm.
Distribution
southern Congo T2 T4 T5 T7 T8

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Native to:

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

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Stirton, C.H. [11814], South Africa 59269.000 No
Schrire, B.D. [2330], South Africa 62718.000 No
Rogers, F.A. [26210], Congo, DRC K000392614 Unknown type material Yes
Rogers, F.A. [26210], Congo, DRC K000392615 Unknown type material Yes
Galpin, E.E. [1039], South Africa K000393081 Unknown type material Yes
Ecklon [s.n.] K000393082 Unknown type material Yes
[Queenzius] [s.n.], South Africa K000393083 Yes

First published in Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 241 (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.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 133 (1954).
  • Eckl. & Zeyh., Enum. Pl. Afr. Austr.: 241 (1836).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 24: 476 (1970).

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
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • International Legume Database and Information Service

    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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  • 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/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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