Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera longimucronata Baker f.

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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Low spreading perennial, sometimes rooting at the nodes; stems reddish with a very few appressed hairs, often rather woody at the base.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules subulate-setaceous, up to 5 mm. long; rhachis sparingly strigulose, up to 43 mm. long, including a petiole of up to 5 mm., prolonged some 2 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets 7–13, with well-developed filiform stipellae, narrowly cuneate-oblong, mucronate, up to 15 mm. long and 5 mm. wide, glabrous or nearly so above, strigulose beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 10–25-flowered, sparingly strigulose, up to 20 cm. long, including a peduncle of up to 5 cm.; bracts filiform, 1–5 mm. long, caducous; pedicels 1.5 mm. long, ± reflexed after flowering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx sparingly strigulose, up to 5 mm. long; lobes narrowly triangular, longer than the tube, the lower lobe longer than the others.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard white puberulent outside; wings and keel puberulent at the margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 13–15 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit with thickened sutures, somewhat upturned near the apex, beaked, ± 4 cm. long and 2.5 mm. wide, glabrous, ± 13-seeded.
Habitat
Rocky outcrops, on sand in lowland forests and coconut groves; 0–350 m.; rainfall 1000–1200 mm.
Distribution
K7 T3 not known elsewhere

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; bushland and thicket., Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland., Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Perennial ± prostrate herb; stems very sparsely strigulose
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 43 mm long including a petiole of up to 5 mm
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 7–13, opposite, narrowly cuneate-oblong, up to 15 x 5 mm, glabrous above, strigulose beneath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 10–25-flowered, long, pedunculate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx sparsely strigulose, up to 5 mm long, divided to below the middle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard white puberulous outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 13–15 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod c. 40 x 2.5 mm, somewhat upturned near apex, beaked, glabrous, c. 13-seeded.
Distribution
S3; coastal parts of Kenya and N Tanzania.
Ecology
Altitude c. 30 m.

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Indigofera longimucronata Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. Bot. 41: 330 (1903)

Accepted by

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 330 (1903).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 85 (1958).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill
  • Thulin, M. (1989). Nordic J. Bot. 8:457-488. new/noteworthy legumes NE Trop. Afr.

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • 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