Indigofera spicata Forssk.

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Indigofera spicata

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Borrowdale Common

Indigofera spicata

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Borrowdale Common

Indigofera spicata

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Near Lodges, Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Indigofera spicata

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Cleveland Dam

Indigofera spicata

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Cleveland Dam

Indigofera spicata

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In parking area, Halfway House, Headlands

Indigofera spicata

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Hotel La Rochelle

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Synonyms: Indigofera endecaphylla Jacq.
Indigofera neglecta N.E. Br.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with prostrate or semi erect creeping stems growing from a woody rootstock. The leaflets on the compound leaves are arranged alternately. The inflorescences arranged in erect, spike-like racemes, salmon pink to red.
Type location:
Yemen
Notes: The species is a liver toxin in horses (Karl van Laeren, pers. comm. 2019)
Derivation of specific name: spicata: arranged in a spike, spicate
Habitat: In sandy grassland, margins of dambos, along roadsides and in cultivated and disturbed places.
Altitude range: Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution: Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and North West, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Also in Yemen, Madagascar and Mauritius.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lk,S
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Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22. As Indigofera spicata brevicarpa

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 222.

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. As Indigofera spicata var. spicata

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 60 - 61. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Indigofera spicata
African Plant Database: Indigofera spicata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Indigofera spicata
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JSTOR Plant Science: Indigofera spicata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Indigofera spicata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera spicata
Plants of the World Online: Indigofera spicata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Indigofera spicata
Tropicos: Indigofera spicata
Wikipedia: Indigofera spicata


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Indigofera spicata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129310, retrieved 10 December 2019

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