Indigofera holubii N.E. Br.

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Indigofera holubii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River bridge

Indigofera holubii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River Bridge

Indigofera holubii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River Bridge

Indigofera holubii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Indigofera holubii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River.

Indigofera holubii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River.

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally very abundant
Status: Native
Semi-prostrate annual herb. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-7 leaflets; leaflets narrowly ovate-elliptic, with appressed whitish hairs, especially below. Flowers in axillary spikes, bright pink to almost red. Pod curved, slightly constricted over the seeds, tipped by the recurved remains of the style, covered with appressed whitish hairs, straw-coloured when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: holubii: named after Emil Holub (1847-1902), Czechoslovakian medical docter, traveller and naturalist, who collected many plants in South Africa.
Habitat: On dry gravelly soils in grassland and open Acacia-Commiphora-Terminalia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa (Gauteng, Limpopo, North-West, Northern Cape and Western Cape)
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 October 2008

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

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 190 - 191. (Includes a picture).

Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds) (2003). Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14 Page 518.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 270. (Includes a picture).

Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa. A checklist. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Page 308.

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 31 - 32.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 68.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Indigofera holubii., retrieved 28 June 2017

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