Indigofera lyallii Baker
subsp. lyallii

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Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Indigofera obermeijerae Bremek.
Common names: Red indigo tree (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 8-12 pairs of squarely oval leaflets and a terminal leaflet. leaflets covered in soft, weakly spreading hairs. Flowers wine-red in compact short racemes. Fruit a small cylindric pod, splitting and twisting when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lyallii: uncertain. Possibly named after Robert Lyall (1790-1831), a Scottish botanist and collector in Madagascar where the type was collected. Also possible is David Lyall (1817-1895), another plant collector in Madagascar.
Habitat: On rocky slopes and along forested ravines or river banks in mountainous areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2600 m
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Soutpansberg in South Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 25 February 2014
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 46 - 47. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 369.

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.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 245.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 48.

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 107 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 456 - 457. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Indigofera lyallii
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West African Plants database: Indigofera lyallii


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 lyallii subsp. lyallii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129060, retrieved 28 June 2016

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