Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera zenkeri Harms ex Baker f.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to Ethiopia and S. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect bushy herb 0.5–2 m. tall, covered throughout, but not densely, with white appressed or spreading biramous hairs and also, almost everywhere, with erect multicellular glandular hairs up to 2 or even 3 or 4 mm. long on the stems and 1 or 1.2 mm. on the fruits, but shorter on the inflorescences, flowers and leaves, where they occur on the leaflet-margins as well as on the rhachis.
Morphology Leaves
Stipules green, linear-lanceolate, spreading, up to 4 mm. long; leaf-rhachis up to 8 cm. long, including a petiole which is usually longer than the basal leaflets; leaflets up to 15 or 19 or rarely 23, elliptic, 1.5–2.5 times as long as wide, up to 12 mm. long and 7 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 10–20-flowered, usually rather longer than the subtending leaf; peduncle 1–1.5 cm., less than half as long as the rest of the rhachis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deeply divided, 0.5–0.9 times as long as the filaments, which are 3.5–4.4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 2–3 mm. long, more or less abruptly bent through 90° near the middle, hardly thickened at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod spreading, straight, up to 16 (rarely 18) mm. long, ± 1.8 mm. wide, densely covered with erect multicellular hairs ± 1 or 1.2 mm. long, 6–10-seeded; endocarp spotted.
Figures
Fig. 41/15, 16.
Habitat
Woodland, grassland and as a weed in cultivation; 0–1650 m.; rainfall 900–2000 mm.
Distribution
K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T6 T7 U2 U3 U4

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian woodland, Zambezian grassland, Sudanian woodland, Zambezian anthropic landscapes., Lake Victoria regional transition zone; woodland., Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Lake Victoria regional mosaic; anthropic landscapes
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Indigofera zenkeri Harms ex Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Hildebrandt, J.M. [948], Tanzania K000392867 syntype Yes
Buchanan, J. [1189], Malawi K000392891 syntype Yes
Buchanan, J. [1229], Malawi K000392892 syntype Yes
Zenker, G.A. [1456], Cameroon K000392613 Yes

First published in J. Bot. 41: 241 (1903)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Schrire, B.D. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 3(4): 1-245. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f. in Journal of Botany 41: 241 (1903).
  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 127 (1926).
  • De Wild., Pl. Bequaert. 2: 548 (1924).
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 2: 211 (1952).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 24: 486 (1970).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 427 (1949).
  • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 299 (1948), pro majore parte.

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/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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