Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera viscidissima Baker

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
Branched erect herb up to 1 m. tall from a woody but normally annual rootstock; medifixed hairs on stems, etc., white, spreading at the tips; short (up to 0.3 mm.) multicellular glandular hairs reddish, very abundant on stems, leaf- and inflorescence-rhachides and sometimes found on calyx-lobes and leaflet-margins.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules spreading, setaceous, up to 4 mm. long; rhachis up to 7 cm. long, including a petiole 1–20 mm. long, prolonged up to 3 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets; leaflets 7–19, elliptical or elliptic-oblong, rounded and apiculate at the tip, up to 10 mm. long and 6 mm. wide, densely strigulose on both surfaces (hairs ± 0.4 mm. long) and also strongly strigose beneath (hairs 1 mm. long).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme 15–35-flowered, up to 8 cm. long including a peduncle of 1–2 cm.; bracts linear, up to 3 mm. long, sometimes subpersistent; pedicels up to 1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx strigose, up to 4 mm. long, divided almost to the base, the lobes ending in long setaceous tips.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla strigose outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods straight, 10–15 mm. long, 1.6 mm. wide, 1.2 mm. thick, densely covered both with rather spreading white medifixed hairs and with erect glandular hairs up to 0.6 mm. long, 6–8-seeded.

[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, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Indigofera viscidissima Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Welwitsch [2042], Angola K000392895 isotype Yes

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 100 (1871)

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.
  • 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: 100 (1871).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 65 (1958).
  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 112 (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