Indigofera goetzei Harms

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Indigofera goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Indigofera goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Indigofera goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Indigofera goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Indigofera goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Indigofera goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Indigofera goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Indigofera hedyantha sensu Gillett
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby woody herb, up to 2 m high, growing from a taproot or woody rootstock. Stems strongly ribbed, reddish-brown with appressed whitish, brownish or black hairs. Leaves imparipinnate, with 5-11 leaflets; rhachis and petiole together up to 3 cm long; leaflets oblanceolate or oblong, up to 20 mm long, often folded, sparsely strigulose above, more densely so and paler beneath. Flowers in racemes up to 5 cm long, rarely longer, usually up to twice the length of the leaves, laxely up to 30-flowered. Calyx 2.5-4 mm long, densely appressed hairy with dark brown or blackish hairs. Corolla 15 mm long, deep pinkish-red; standard densely dark reddish-brown hairy on the back. Pod cylindric, 30-48 mm long, densely brack strigulose and with some whitish hairs, apex with a persistent beak.
Notes: This species has long been confused with Indigofera hedyantha which differs in being a shorter, pyrophytic, often mat-forming herb with much longer racemes.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector of botanical and zoological specimens in Tanzania.
Habitat: In montane grassland, on hillsides of miombo woodland, often near rocky outcrops, dambos or streams.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Thursday 16 May 2019
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. as Indigofera hedyantha (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 221. included in part under Indigofera hedyantha

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. included in part under Indigofera hedyantha

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

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 95 - 97. (Includes a picture).


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Indigofera goetzei
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Indigofera goetzei
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Indigofera goetzei
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Indigofera goetzei
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Indigofera goetzei
JSTOR Plant Science: Indigofera goetzei
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Indigofera goetzei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera goetzei
Plants of the World Online: Indigofera goetzei
The Plant List (version 1.1): Indigofera goetzei
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Wikipedia: Indigofera goetzei


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Indigofera goetzei.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128950, retrieved 18 October 2019

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