Indigofera astragalina DC.

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Indigofera astragalina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katima Mulilo area, near APL power plant

Indigofera astragalina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katima Mulilo area, near APL power plant

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Common names: Silky indigo (English)
Erect or spreading, often somewhat straggling annual herb, up to 1.5m tall. Stems covered with stiff brownish hairs. Leaves imparipinnate with 5-11 leaflets; leaflets up to 4 × 2.5 cm, hairy on both surfaces; petiole up to 2 cm long, hairy. Inflorescences axillary racemes with hairy peduncles up to 25 cm long. Flowers c. 1 cm long, pale pink, darker at the base of the standard. Pods somewhat 4-angled, 10-20 mm long and c. 3 mm wide, densely hairy.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar, Asia, New-Guinea and Australia. Introduced in the West-Indies.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 1 May 2018

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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 48.

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 78 - 80. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 67.

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Flora of Botswana: Indigofera astragalina
Flora of Malawi: Indigofera astragalina
Flora of Mozambique: Indigofera astragalina
Flora of Zambia: Indigofera astragalina
Flora of Zimbabwe: Indigofera astragalina

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Indigofera astragalina
African Plant Database: Indigofera astragalina
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Indigofera astragalina
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Indigofera astragalina
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Indigofera astragalina
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Indigofera astragalina
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera astragalina
Plants of the World Online: Indigofera astragalina
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Wikipedia: Indigofera astragalina

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Indigofera astragalina., retrieved 8 February 2023

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