Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera setiflora Baker

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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spreading annual 20–40 cm. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems reddish, softly setose, with some dark, but many more white, rather spreading hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules linear, setose, up to 5 mm. long, with a tuft of minute red glandular hairs at their base; leaf-rhachis up to 5 cm. long, including a petiole of up to 1 cm., prolonged 2–10 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; petiolules pilose, 1.5 mm. long, with similar red glandular hairs at their base; leaflets 5–9, opposite, elliptic-oblong, rounded and apiculate at the tip, up to 22 mm. long and 9 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes softly pilose with mainly white hairs, up to 18 cm. long, including a peduncle of up to 3 cm., ± secund in fruit; bracts linear-lanceolate, up to 4 mm. long, very caducous; pedicels up to 1.5 mm. long, spreading in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx pilose, with spreading hairs up to 1 mm. long chiefly white in colour; tube ± 0.5 mm. long; lobes almost filiform, up to 3.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla irregularly white pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments crimson, 4–4.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style ± 3.5 mm. long, curved through more than 90° about 2.5 mm. from the base; stigma depressed-globose, about twice as wide as the style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod elliptic-oblong, 7–8 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, 3 mm. thick, setose both with soft white hairs and fewer stiffer blackish hairs; endocarp strongly spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2, grey, ± cuboid, deeply pitted.
Habitat
Deciduous woodland, especially on gritty soil; 900 m.; rainfall perhaps 1000 mm.
Distribution
T4 southern Congo

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Indigofera setiflora Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1958 Gossweiler, J. [2744], Angola K001294672 No
Jan 1, 1958 Gossweiler, J. [2534], Angola K001294671 No
Welwitsch [2020], Angola K000393046 Unknown type material Yes
Gossweiler, J. [3690], Angola K001294673 No

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 90 (1871)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 90 (1871).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 82 (1958).
  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 117 (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

  • 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