Indigofera atriceps Hook. f.
subsp. atriceps

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Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Manyenezi Forest, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Manyenezi Forest, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Manyenezi Forest, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Manyenezi Forest, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Manyenezi Forest, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Manyenezi Forest, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Indigofera alboglandulosa Engl.
Indigofera atriceps Hook. f. var. (Engl.) J.B. Gillett
Indigofera masukuensis Baker
Indigofera setosissima Harms var. major Cronquist
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Mostly a woody, shrubby herb up to 1 m tall but sometimes a scrambling shrub up to 3 m high. Stems red or brown, more or less densely covered with short gland-tipped hairs and whitish and brown appressed hairs. Leaves pinnate, mostly 9 to 15-foliolate up to c. 9 cm long; leaflets elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, 6-25 mm long, stigose with appressed biramous hairs on both surfaces, gland-tipped hairs sometimes present on the midrib beneath. Inflorescences of 20-80-flowered racemes, up to 16 cm long. Calyx 2.5-4 mm long with linear-lanceolate lobes up to 3 times as long as the tube, densely strigose and sometimes with gland-tipped hairs on the lobes. Corolla 5-8 mm long, wine-red, strigose hairy on the back of the standard. Pods straight, 8-15 mm long, more or less densely covered with gland-tipped hairs and brown to blackish strigose, beaked by the persistent style base.
Notes: Three subspecies have been described, varying in the length of the stamens, glandular hairs and pods. Only subsp. atriceps has been recorded from Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland, at margins of evergreen montane forest, mixed woodland, along rivers dambos and streams or on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) 760 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique,Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Monday 17 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 161.

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. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 61.

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 230 - 232. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 99. as Indigofera atriceps


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Flora of Malawi: Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps
Flora of Mozambique: Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps
Flora of Zambia: Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Indigofera atriceps
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Indigofera atriceps
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Indigofera atriceps
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Indigofera atriceps
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Indigofera atriceps
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Indigofera atriceps
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Indigofera atriceps
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Indigofera atriceps
Ispot Southern Africa: Indigofera atriceps
JSTOR Plant Science: Indigofera atriceps
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Indigofera atriceps
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera atriceps
The Plant List (version 1.1): Indigofera atriceps
Tropicos: Indigofera atriceps


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Indigofera atriceps subsp. atriceps.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128660, retrieved 22 November 2018

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