Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera radicifera Cronquist

This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Tanzania and Botswana.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A prostrate herb often rooting at the nodes; stems pale green, somewhat flattened, sparsely strigulose, up to 1 m. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves resembling those of I. spicata; rhachis not over 8 mm. long; leaflets, in Flora area, 4–7, strigulose above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme up to 4 cm. long, including a peduncle rather longer than the floriferous part.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deeply divided, 2.3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 2–3 mm. long, bent in the middle through 90°.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod green, usually somewhat curved, flattened, with a marked longitudinal ridge, ± 15 mm. long, 2.2 mm. wide and 1.4 mm. thick, strigulose; endocarp minutely speckled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 5–7, tetragonal, ribbed.
Habitat
Sandy places, on lake shores and in bushland; 660–1700 m.; rainfall 600–900 mm.
Distribution
T1 T4 T5 T7

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian grassland, Zambezian bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Indigofera radicifera Cronquist appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 22: 223 (1952)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. 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.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cronquist in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 22: 223 (1952)
  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 148 (1954).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 120 (1958).

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