Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera podocarpa Baker f. & W.Martin

This species is accepted, and its native range is Congo to Tanzania and Zambia.

[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 m. tall; branches brownish strigulose, obscurely ± 6-angled.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules setaceous, up to 8 mm. long; stipellae filiform, up to 4 mm. long; rhachis brownish strigulose, up to 8 cm. long, including a petiole of 2–3 cm., prolonged up to 15 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; petiolules densely pubescent, up to 3 mm. long; leaflets 5–7 or –11, oblong-elliptic, apiculate, up to 5 cm. long and 3.5 cm. wide but usually half that size, with a well-marked reticulate venation, strigulose on both surfaces.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes many-flowered, blackish strigulose, up to 16 cm. long, including a peduncle of ± 3 cm.; bracts linear-lanceolate, up to 6 mm. long, caducous; pedicels 2 mm. long in flower, reflexed and up to 5 mm. in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx densely brown strigulose; teeth subulate, up to 2 mm. long, the upper pair very widely separated, so that all 5 teeth appear bunched together at the abaxial side.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla densely brown strigulose outside; standard pointed; keel rather rostrate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10–12 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod cylindrical, ± 5 cm. long, including the glabrous 4–5 mm. long stipe and a 3–4 mm. long point, ± 2.8 mm. wide, blackish strigulose; endocarp spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± 8, well separated.
Habitat
Brachystegia woodland; 950–2100 m.; rainfall 800–1000 mm.
Distribution
T4 T5 T7

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian woodland
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Central African Repu, Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Indigofera podocarpa Baker f. & W.Martin appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 8: 154 (1923)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. 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.
  • 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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f. & Martin in Bulletin du Jardin botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 8: 154 (1923).
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 134 (1954).
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 156 (1962).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 93 (1958).
  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 120 (1962).

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