Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera macrantha Harms

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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect herb 1–1.5 m. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems somewhat ridged, like the leaf- and inflorescence-rhachides rather densely covered with short stiff spreading dark brown biramous hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules narrowly triangular-linear, up to 7 mm. long; leaf-rhachis up to 17 cm. long, including a petiole of 2–3 cm., prolonged up to 7 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; petiolules 1–2 mm.; stipellae up to 3 mm. long; leaflets 11–27, oblong-elliptic, up to 23 mm. long, 8–10 mm. wide, ending in a mucro up to 1.5 mm. long, white pilose on both surfaces, but the hairs beneath the midrib brownish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, 12–19 cm. long, including a peduncle of 5–7 cm.; bracts narrowly triangular-linear, up to 6 mm. long, caducous; pedicels up to 3 mm. long, finally reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx dark brown, pubescent; tube 2 mm. long; lobes triangular-acuminate, the lowest 2 mm. long, the upper shorter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard densely crisped white pubescent outside, 12–15 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10–12 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary brown or white strigulose, several-ovuled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods unknown.
Habitat
Burned-over margins of upland dry evergreen forest; 1950 m.
Distribution
S. Ethiopia U1

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Insufficiently known
Ecology
Africa: Afromontane(upland) bushland and thicket., Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Ethiopia, Uganda

Indigofera macrantha Harms appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Annuario Reale Ist. Bot. Roma 7: 91 (1898)

Accepted by

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 158 (1926).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 95 (1958).
  • Harms in Ann. Ist. Bot. Roma 7: 91 (1897).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill
  • Thulin, M. (1983). Opera Botanica 68:1-223. Leguminosae of Ethiopia

  • 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