Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera masaiensis J.B.Gillett

This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or short-lived perennial herb up to 25 cm. tall, with a well-developed taproot; branches usually ± prostrate, up to 50 cm. long, everywhere covered with white ± appressed biramous hairs; glandular erect multicellular hairs on stems usually under 0.5 mm. but sometimes up to 2 or 2.5 mm. long, on the leaves very short but usually extending to the leaflet-margins, on the pods usually under 0.5 mm. but sometimes up to 1.2 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules linear, spreading, up to 6 mm. long; leaf-rhachis prolonged beyond lateral leaflets, up to 4.5 cm. long including a petiole longer than the basal leaflets; leaflets 7–11, or very rarely 13, elliptic-oblanceolate, 2–2.6 times as long as wide, up to 10 mm. long and 4 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 6–20-flowered, usually about as long as the subtending leaf, the peduncle 1–2 cm. long, equal to, or half as long as, the rest of the rhachis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deeply divided, 0.3–0.8 times as long as the filaments, which are 5–7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style ± 3 mm. long, bent through 90° a little below the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod spreading, straight, up to 17 mm. long, about 1.5 mm. wide, 11–13-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Habitat
Dry stony ground, sometimes in areas rich in soda, in semi-desert, dry grassland or the drier types of Acacia, Commiphora bushland; 660–2200 m.; rainfall 300–700 mm.
Distribution
K1 K3 K6 T1 T2 not known elsewhere

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Indigofera masaiensis J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Dec 14, 1962 Bogdan, A. [AB 1869], Kenya K000392866 holotype Yes

First published in Kew Bull. 24: 488 (1970)

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

  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 24: 488 (1970).

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

    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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