Indigofera hilaris Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Indigofera hilaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd before Bunga Forest

Indigofera hilaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd before Bunga Forest

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Synonyms: Anila hilaris (Eckl. & Zeyh.) O. Kuntze
Indigofera hirta E. Mey.
Indigofera leipzigiae Bremek.
Common names: Gay indigofera (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, dying back in winter, with stiffly erect or decumbent, ribbed stems, up to 40 cm tall, growing from a thick woody rootstock. Leaves pinnate mostly with 3-7 leaflets, upper leaves sometimes with more, basal leaves reduced, becoming scale-like; leaflets often folded; stipules 2-9 mm long, linear, stiffly erect. Inflorescences densely-flowered racemes 1.5-5 cm long, mostly appearing after fire. Flowers 7-8 mm long, bright pink to carmine. Pod 10-30 mm long, cylindric, straight, with whitish, reddish or brown appressed short hairs, shortly beaked with the persistent style base.
Notes: It is one of the most spectacular displays on the bare, blackened soil after a fire, when it blooms in large numbers before the leaves develop.
Derivation of specific name: hilaris: gay or cheerful, probably referring to the bright, colourful display of the flowers
Habitat: In open grassland on granite sands, often on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North-West, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Monday 18 July 2016
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 93. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 163. as Indigofera hilaris microscypha

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 69.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 221.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 58, plate 83

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 218 - 219.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Indigofera hilaris.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128980, retrieved 4 December 2016

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