Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera lupatana Baker f.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Northern Prov.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Zambezian bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/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, everywhere sparsely appressed white strigulose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves varying greatly in size according to the rainfall, sometimes tufted on condensed short shoots; stipules triangular-subulate, 2–4 mm. long; rhachis up to 45 mm. long, including a petiole of ± 10 mm., prolonged up to 5 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; stipellae absent or almost so; leaflets 7–9, rarely 5 or 11, cuneate, oblong-obovate, often emarginate, up to 20 mm. long and 12 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, sessile or, when much elongated, shortly pedunculate, 1–13 cm. long; bracts lanceolate, ± 1 mm. long, occasionally persistent; pedicel up to 2 mm. long, reflexed in fruit, but, by a bending of its base, the fruit itself is spreading or ascending.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 2.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-acuminate, twice as long as the tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white strigulose outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod pointed, markedly tetragonal or almost winged, the wing, but not the sutures, slightly undulate, 3–4 cm. long, ± 3.5 mm. wide and 4 mm. thick, sparsely white strigulose; endocarp not spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4–8, tetragonal, twice as long as wide.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland and thicket, often on rocky slopes; 250–2100 m.; rainfall 500–950 mm.
Distribution
K1 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 S. Ethiopia

Native to:

Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Indigofera lupatana Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Sep 13, 1954 Burtt, B.D. [3572], Tanzania K000392839 Unknown type material Yes
Jan 1, 1924 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000393025 Unknown type material Yes

First published in Legum. Trop. Africa: 154 (1926)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 154 (1926).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 366 (1961).
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 155 (1962).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 98 (1958).

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

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • 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/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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