Indigofera ormocarpoides Baker

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Indigofera ormocarpoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Indigofera ormocarpoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Indigofera ormocarpoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Indigofera moniliformis E.G. Baker
Indigofera torulosa Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Straggling shrub, 0.8-3m high with slender stems. Leaves imparipinnate mostly with 3-5 leaflets; leaflets broadly elliptic to ovate-oblong, terminal leaflet 2-6 cm long, up to twice the size of lateral leaflets; petiole 9-25 mm long. Flowers in axillary, densely flowered racemes, mostly 1-5 cm long. Calyx c.i mm long, densely set with appressed dark brown hairs. Corolla 6-7 mm long,back of the standard with dense, appressed dark brown hairs. Pod 35-65 mm long, constricted between the 5-10 seeds, beaked by the remains of the style.
Derivation of specific name: ormocarpoides: like an Ormocarpum. An unclear reference since it little resembles our species of that genus.
Habitat: In dense thicket or riverine forest often associated with rivers, termite mounds or rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southeastern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Caprivi-Nambibia, Botswana and Limpopo South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 14 November 2017

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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 49.

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 125 - 126.

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

Other sources of information about Indigofera ormocarpoides:

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Flora of Botswana: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Flora of Caprivi: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Flora of Malawi: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Flora of Mozambique: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Flora of Zambia: Indigofera ormocarpoides

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Indigofera ormocarpoides
African Plant Database: Indigofera ormocarpoides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Indigofera ormocarpoides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Indigofera ormocarpoides
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Indigofera ormocarpoides
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Indigofera ormocarpoides
JSTOR Plant Science: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Plants of the World Online: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Tropicos: Indigofera ormocarpoides
Wikipedia: Indigofera ormocarpoides

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: Species information: Indigofera ormocarpoides., retrieved 4 March 2024

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