Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera kirkii Oliv.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Mozambique, NW. Madagascar.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Branching woody herb, prostrate or up to 1 m. tall; stems hirsute.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules dark brown, lanceolate-acuminate, up to 9 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, pilose at the margins, ± 9-nerved; petiole 1–2 mm. long; leaf-blade oblong, up to 25 mm. long and 8 mm. wide, somewhat narrowed at the base, rounded and apiculate at the apex, hirsute on both surfaces, the midrib impressed above, with ± 10 pairs of lateral nerves prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes hirsute, 4–5-flowered, up to 2 cm. long including a peduncle of 3–4 mm.; bracts small, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx hirsute, divided almost to the base, ± 2.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods subcylindrical, ± 5 mm. long and 2.5 mm. wide, hirsute, 1–3-seeded.
Habitat
Sandy soil near sea-level; rainfall 1000–1600 mm.
Distribution
T3 T6 T8 Mozambique to 21°30′ S.Madagascar

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland.
Morphology General Habit
Annual/Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

Native to:

Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania

Indigofera kirkii Oliv. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1991 Perrier de la Bâthie, J.M.H.A. [1435], Madagascar K000392976 isolectotype Yes
Kirk [s.n.], Tanzania K000392806 Unknown type material Yes
Kuntze, O. [s.n.], Mozambique K000392920 neotype Yes

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 15: t. 1416 (1883)

Accepted by

  • Du Puy, D.J., Labat, N.-N., Rabevohitra, R., Villiers, J.-F., Bosser, J. & Moat, J. (2002). The Leguminosae of Madagascar: 1-737. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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

  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 104 (1926).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 57 (1958).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 426 (1949).
  • Oliv. in Hook., Ic. Pl., t. 1416 (1883).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Du Puy, D. J. et al. (2002). The Leguminosae of Madagascar. RBG Kew.
  • Gillett, J. B. (1958). Kew Bull. Addnl. ser. 1:1-166. Indigofera.. in Tropical 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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