3702.000 Indigofera L.

Description of the genus

Herbs or shrubs. Hairs usually medifixed. Leaves usually imparipinnate. Flowers usually in axillary racemes. Corolla usually red. Stamens united or with the upper one free; anthers apiculate. Fruit usually dehiscent.

Derivation of name: Indigo-fera: indigo-bearing

Worldwide: c. 700 species in tropical and warm areas

Zimbabwe: 95 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Azygophleps inclusa (Inclusive goat) Larval foodplant
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman) Larval foodplant
Leptotes group (Blues) Food plant
Trigonodes hyppasia (Triangles) Larval foodplant
Indigofera eylesiana

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adenoides Baker f.N,W,C,S
antunesiana HarmsN,C,EDescription, Image
arenophila SchinzN,W
arrecta Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
astragalina DC.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
astragalina-hirsuta intermediatesN,W,C,S
atriceps Hook. f. subsp. atriceps NDescription, Image
bainesii BakerW,E,S
brachynema J.B. GillettN,W,C,E,S
cecilii N. E. Br.[NrEnd][LR-nt]C?,E,S?Description, Image
charlieriana Schinz subsp. charlieriana var. charlieriana N,W,C,SDescription, Image
charlieriana Schinz subsp. charlieriana var. lata J.B. GillettW
charlieriana Schinz subsp. sessilis (Chiov.) Schrire var. sessilis (Chiov.) J.B. GillettEDescription, Image
charlieriana Schinz subsp. sessilis (Chiov.) Schrire var. scaberrima (Schinz) J.B. GillettW
chimanimaniensis Schrire[End][EN]E
circinella Baker f.C
circinnata Benth. ex Harv.SDescription, Image
colutea (Burm. f.) Merr.N,W,C,S
cryptantha Benth. ex Harv. var. cryptantha W
daleoides Benth. ex Harv. var. daleoides W,C,S
demissa Taub.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
dendroides Jacq.N,C,E,S
dimidiata Walp.EDescription, Image
dissitiflora Baker var. major (J.B. Gillett) Schrire[DD]N,C
dyeri Britten var. dyeri N,E,S
dyeri Britten var. major J.B. GillettN,W,E
dyeri Britten var. parviflora J.B. GillettN,E,S
emarginella A. Rich. var. emarginella N,C,E,S
erythrogramma Baker subsp. lanceolata SchrireN,C,E
eylesiana J.B. GillettN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
fanshawei J.B. GillettN
filipes Benth. ex Harv.W,C
flavicans BakerN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
fulvopilosa BrenanN,C,E
gairdnerae Hutch. ex Baker f.N,WDescription, Image
garckeana VatkeC,E,S
glaucifolia Cronq. subsp. rhodesiaca (J.B. Gillett) Schrire N,C
goetzei HarmsEDescription, Image
griseoides Harms subsp. griseoides N,W
hedyantha Eckl. & Zeyh. subsp. inyangana (N.E. Br.) SchrireE
hendecaphylla Jacq. C
heterotricha DC. subsp. heterotricha W,C,E,S
heterotricha DC. subsp. pechuelii (Kuntze) SchrireS
hewittii Baker f.N,W,C,E,S
hilaris Eckl. & Zeyh.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
hirsuta L. var. hirsuta N,W,C,E
holubii N.E. Br.W,E,SDescription, Image
ingrata N.E. Br.W,E,S
inhambanensis KlotzschN,W,C,E,SImage
livingstoniana J.B. GillettN,W,C,S
longipedicellata J.B. Gillett[End][DD]EDescription, Image
lupatana Baker f.N,W,C,E,S
lyallii Baker subsp. lyallii EDescription, Image
lyallii Baker subsp. nyassica J.B. GillettE
melanadenia Benth. ex Harv.N,W,C,S
microcarpa Desv.N,E,S
milne-redheadii J.B. GillettN
mimosoides Baker var. mimosoides N,C,E,S
monantha Baker f.N
nummulariifolia (L.) Livera ex AlstonN,WDescription, Image
ormocarpoides BakerN,W,E,SDescription, Image
oxalidea Welw. ex BakerW,E,SDescription, Image
paniculata Vahl ex Pers. subsp. gazensis (Baker f.) J.B. GillettEDescription, Image
patula Baker subsp. patula C,E
praticola Baker f. var. praticola N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pseudodyeri SchrireN,W,E
rhynchocarpa Welw. ex Baker var. rhynchocarpa N,C,EDescription, Image
rhytidocarpa Harv. var. rubrosiliqua SchrireS
rhytidocarpa Benth. ex Harv. var. rhytidocarpa W,E,SDescription, Image
sanguinea N.E. Br.S
schimperi Jaub. & Spach var. schimperi N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
schimperi Jaub. & Spach var. baukeana (Vatke) J.B. Gillett W,S
sebungweensis J.B. Gillett[End][DD]N
serpentinicola Schrire[End][LR-lc]N,C,SDescription, Image
setiflora Baker var. setiflora N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
setiflora Baker var. corbyi SchrireC,S
sordida Benth. ex Harv.C
soutpansbergensis SchrireN,C,E
spicata Forssk.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
streyana Merxm.N,W,S
strobilifera (Hochst.) Hochst. ex Baker subsp. strobilifera N,W,CImage
subcorymbosa Baker var. subcorymbosa C,E,SDescription, Image
subulata Poir. var. scabra (Roth) MeikleN,C,E
subulata Poir. var. subulata N,W,S
subulifera Welw. ex Baker var. subulifera
swaziensis Bolus var. perplexa (N.E. Br.) J.B. GillettN,C,E,S
tinctoria L. var. arcuata J.B. GillettN,W,E,SDescription, Image
vicioides Jaub. & Spach subsp. excelsa Schrire[NrEnd]E
vicioides Jaub. & Spach subsp. rogersii (R.E. Fr.) SchrireN,W,C,E,S
vicioides Jaub. & Spach subsp. vicioides N,W,C,E,S
viscidissima Baker subsp. orientalis J.B. GillettN,E
viscidissima Baker subsp. viscidissima N
wentzeliana HarmsCDescription, Image
wildiana J.B. GillettN,W,C,E,S
zenkeri Harms ex Baker f.E

Other sources of information about Indigofera:

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Flora of Botswana: Indigofera
Flora of Caprivi: Indigofera
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Indigofera
Flora of Malawi: Indigofera
Flora of Mozambique: Indigofera
Flora of Zambia: Indigofera
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Indigofera

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Tropicos: Indigofera
Wikipedia: Indigofera

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Indigofera.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=722, retrieved 21 February 2024

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