Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera nyassica Gilli

This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb, usually with rather purplish stems, up to 2 m. tall, everywhere covered with short appressed biramous hairs which are almost all brown or blackish on the pod, corolla and calyx, mixed brown and white on the inflorescence and mainly white elsewhere; multicellular hairs usually present on the pods, sometimes elsewhere.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules subulate, 1–4 mm. long; leaf-rhachis up to 4 cm. long including a petiole of 2–15 mm., prolonged 2–8 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–11, narrowly elliptic-oblong, up to 25mm. long and 10 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, ± secund, usually dense, up to 10 cm. long including a peduncle of up to 3 cm.; pedicels up to 1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx dark brown, with triangular-subulate teeth up to half as long as the 2.5–3.5 mm. long filaments.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod spreading or somewhat ascending, cylindrical, 3–7 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, the multicellular hairs, when present, pale, 1- or more often 2-seeded; endocarp hardly spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds yellowish, smooth.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian woodland
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

Indigofera nyassica Gilli appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 74: 433 (1970 publ. 1971)

Accepted by

  • 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

  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 24: 497 (1970).
  • Gilli in Ann. Nat. Hist. Mus. Wien 74: 13 (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

  • 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