Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera vicioides Jaub. & Spach

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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spreading annual or perennial herb; branches strigulose to pilose.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules spreading, narrowly triangular or subulate-setaceous, up to 5 mm. long; rnachis strigulose, up to 5 cm. long, including a petiole of 3–7 mm., prolonged up to 5 mm. beyond lateral leaflets; leaflets 5–13, narrowly oblong-elliptic or lanceolate, rounded or acute at the apex, apiculate, up to 15 mm. long and 5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes strigulose to pilose, laxly 5–15-flowered, up to 10 cm. long including a peduncle of ± one-third their length; bracts lanceolate, ± 1.5 mm. long, very caducous; pedicels up to 1.5 mm. long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ± 2 mm. long; lobes subulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod somewhat torulose, with broad (± 0.5 mm. wide) sutures, 8–17 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide and 1.8 mm. thick, pubescent; endocarp spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4–8, pitted.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai woodland, Somalia-Masai grasslands, Zambezian woodland, Zambezian grassland
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

[FSOM]

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

Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla whitish or yellowish, pubescent outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods spreading, 8–17 x 2–2.5 mm, somewhat torulose with c. 0.5 mm broad sutures, pubescent, 4–8-seeded.
Distribution
N1 widespread in tropical Africa.
Ecology
Altitude c. 1400 m.
Note
The Somali plant is the widespread var. vicioides with strigulose stems and leaflets glabrous or nearly so above. Var. rogersii (R.E. Fr.) Gillett occurs from Kenya and southwards.
Morphology General Habit
Spreading annual or perennial herb, up to 30 cm tall; stems strigulose to pilose
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis up to 5 cm long including a petiole of 3–7 mm
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 5–13, opposite, oblong-elliptic, up to 15 x 5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 5–15-flowered, lax, usually longer than the subtending leaf; peduncle 15–50 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 2 mm long, lobes subulate

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Indigofera vicioides Jaub. & Spach appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Bidgood, S. [6351], Tanzania K000468074 No

First published in Ill. Pl. Orient. 5: 91 (1856)

Accepted by

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • 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.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cronquist in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 5: 169 (1954).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 73 (1958).
  • Jaub. & Spach, Ill. Pl. Or., t. 481 (1856).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • 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