Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera nummulariifolia (L.) Livera ex Alston

This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, India to Taiwan.

[FWTA]

Papilionaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
A prostrate annual
Ecology
Usually a weed.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Prostrate or erect annual, occasionally rooting at the nodes.
Morphology Stem
Stem often flattened, sparsely strigulose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; stipules ± subulate, 2–3 mm. long; petiole 1–2 mm. long; blade elliptic to broadly lanceolate, 2–4 cm. long, 1.5–2.5 cm. wide, sometimes with a cartilaginous margin less than 0.1 mm. wide, obscurely gland-dotted beneath, appressed-strigulose above (in Flora area) and beneath, the hairs at the margin set at right-angles to it and rather larger than the others.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 10–15-flowered, 3–4 cm. long, including a peduncle of 1–1.5 cm.; pedicels reflexed, ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ±2.5 mm. long; lobes several times as long as the tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pointed in the bud, strigulose outside, hardly longer than the calyx, very caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 2-ovulate, 1 ovule usually much reduced.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod indehiscent, brown, falcate, triquetrous, ± 7 mm. long, 4 mm. wide and 4 mm. thick, the 2 lower angles beset with stiff ± hooked spines, 1 (rarely–2)-seeded.
Figures
Fig. 35/12.
Habitat
Cultivated ground and weedy places; 0–1400 m.; rainfall 600–1400 mm.
Distribution
widespread in tropical Africa T1 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual, prostrate to erect
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; petiole 1–2 mm long; blade elliptic to obovate, 2–4 x 1.5–2.5 cm, strigulose on both sides or only beneath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 10–15-flowered, pedunculate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ± 2.5 mm long, deeply divided
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard strigulose outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2–3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod falcate, c. 7 x 4 mm, triangular with the 2 lower angles beset with stiff ± hooked spines, indehiscent, brown, 1(–2)-seeded.
Distribution
S3; widespread in tropical Africa but in East Africa only known from Tanzania; Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Indo-China
Ecology
Altitude c. 40 m.

[ILDIS]
Use
Forage

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Indigofera nummulariifolia (L.) Livera ex Alston appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
s.coll. [Cat. no. 5456] Indigofera echinata K001120995
Röttler, J.P. [s.n.], India Indigofera echinata K000848577

First published in H.Trimen, Handb. Fl. Ceylon 6(Suppl.): 72 (1931)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Balslav, H. & Chantaranothai, P. (2018). Flora of Thailand 4(3.1): 221-371. The Forest Herbarium, Royal Forest Department.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Lock, J.M. & Heald, J. (1994). Legumes of Indo-China a checck-list: 1-164. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 10: 1-642. Science Press (Beijing) & Missouri Botanical Garden Press (St. Louis).

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • in Trim. Fl. Ceylon 6, suppl. 72 (1931).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Lock, J.M. & Heald, J. (1994). Legumes of Indo-China a checck-list: 1-164. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Turner, I.M., Xing, F. & Corlett, R.T. (2000). An annotated check-list of the vascular plants of the South China Sea and its shores The Raffles bulletin of Zoology, Suppl. 8: 23-116.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 10: 1-642. Science Press (Beijing) & Missouri Botanical Garden Press (St. Louis).

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Alston in Trim., Handb. Fl. Ceylon 6, Suppl.: 72 (1931).
  • Gillett in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 537 (1958)
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 8 (1958).
  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 100 (1962).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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  • 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.
  • Sanjappa, M. (1995). In Hajra, PK et al. (eds). Fascicles of Fl. of Ind. 21:123. Indig

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