Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera wituensis Baker f.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria, Kenya to Mozambique.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect annual up to 60 cm. tall, the branches glabrous or with very few appressed hairs ± 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules filiform, almost glabrous, ± 2 mm. long; lower leaves up to 15-foliolate, the upper ones ± 7-foliolate; petiole nil or under 1 mm.; rhachis up to 45 mm. long, prolonged up to 4 mm. beyond the lateral leaflets, in the larger leaves the interval between the 2 lower leaflet pairs is 1–2 mm. only, less than half that between the other leaflet pairs; leaflets narrowly cuneate-oblong, rounded or acute, subapiculate, up to 15mm. long and 5mm. wide,the lowest pair asymmetrically ovate-acute, ± 6 mm. long by 3 mm. wide, glabrescent above, strigose beneath, with glutinous margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 2–3-flowered; peduncle glabrous, 12–20 mm. long; bracts caducous, filiform, up to 1 mm. long; pedicels glabrescent, 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx strigulose, 1.3 mm. long, divided to the middle, the lobes triangular with glandular tips.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla sparsely puberulent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–4.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod 13–20 mm. long, ± 1.7 mm. wide and 1.4 mm. thick, glabrous, 5–10-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds pitted.
Habitat
Grassland; 0–300 m.; rainfall 1000–1200 mm.
Distribution
K7 P T3 T6 a variety occurs in N. Nigeria

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland.
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania

Indigofera wituensis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Schrire, B.D. [2570], Kenya 62723.000 No
Lely, H.V. [P693], Nigeria K000392645 holotype Yes
Thomas. (Gebr Denhardt.) [207], Kenya K000392812 Unknown type material Yes

First published in J. Bot. 41: 243 (1903)

Accepted by

  • 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

  • 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. in Journal of Botany 41: 243 (1903).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin, Add. Ser. 1: 46 (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

  • 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