Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Indigofera L.

Indigofera eremophila Thulin

This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to Somalia.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Slender shrublet up to 0.5 m tall, silvery strigose throughout with appressed or somewhat spreading hairs
Morphology Stem
Older stems with flaking epidermis, becoming purplish brown
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis 5–14 mm long including a petiole of 3–9 mm
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 3–5, opposite, obovate, 4–9 x 2–5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes (5–)10–25-flowered, 1.5–8 cm long, including a peduncle of 0.2–1.2 cm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 2–2.5 mm long, divided to the middle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Standard pubescent outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod ascending, spreading or somewhat reflexed, straight, (7–)10–20 x 1.5–2.2 mm, strigose, (2–)4–8-seeded.
Distribution
N1–3; C1, 2; E Ethiopia
Ecology
Altitude range 5–450 m.
Note
A variable species. The populations in N1–3 generally have very small leaves and a closely appressed indumentum. Plants from ± coastal dunes in C1 (e.g. Thulin & Abdi Dahir 6591, 6607) generally have short and few-flowered inflorescences and short (c. 7–10 mm long) pods.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Somalia-Masai grasslands
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub

Native to:

Ethiopia, Somalia

Indigofera eremophila Thulin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1981 Gilbert, M.G. [2090], Ethiopia K000392776 holotype Yes

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 2: 41 (1982)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

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

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Thulin, M. (1983). Opera Botanica 68:1-223. Leguminosae of Ethiopia
  • Thulin, M. (1989). Nordic J. Bot. 8:457-488. new/noteworthy legumes NE Trop. Afr.

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
    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