Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera homblei Baker f. & W.Martin

This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to Tanzania and Eswatini.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian grassland, Afromontane grassland, Zambezian bushland and thicket, Afromontane(upland) bushland and thicket.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Softly woody shrub up to 2.5 m. tall; stems 3-angled or narrowly winged, sparingly strigulose, or, less often, brown pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules linear-attenuate, up to 1 cm. long; rhachis sparsely strigulose, up to 2 or 3 mm. wide near the base, up to 14 cm. long, including a petiole of ± 2 cm., prolonged up to 10 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets firm, 11–17 or rarely 19, with petiolules up to 4 mm. long and filiform stipellae up to 2 mm. long, elliptic-oblong, up to 45 mm. long and 20 mm. wide, sparingly strigulose on both surfaces.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, densely brown strigulose, up to 16 cm. long, including a peduncle of up to 6 cm.; bracts lanceolate, sometimes large (up to 5 mm. long and 1.5 mm. wide) and reflexed at the tip, sometimes shorter, narrower and straight, caducous; pedicels ± 2 mm. long in flower, ± 4 mm. long and reflexed in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx densely brown strigulose, 1.5 mm. long; lobes triangular, shorter than the tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla densely brown strigulose outside; keel obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5–12 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod cylindrical, wider towards the apex, shortly beaked and sometimes upturned at the tip, up to 4.5 cm. long and 3 mm. wide; endocarp brown, obscurely spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 6–8, round, smooth, widely separated.

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Malawi, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Indigofera homblei Baker f. & W.Martin appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 8: 151 (1923)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f. & Martin in Bulletin du Jardin botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 8: 151 (1923).
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 139 (1954).
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 156 (1962).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 87 (1958).
  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 119 (1962).

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

  • 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