Indigofera lyallii Baker
subsp. lyallii

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Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Indigofera obermeijerae Bremek.
Common names: Red indigo tree (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 8-12 pairs of squarely oval leaflets and a terminal leaflet. leaflets covered in soft, weakly spreading hairs. Flowers wine-red in compact short racemes. Fruit a small cylindric pod, splitting and twisting when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: lyallii: uncertain. Possibly named after Robert Lyall (1790-1831), a Scottish botanist and collector in Madagascar where the type was collected. Also possible is David Lyall (1817-1895), another plant collector in Madagascar.
Habitat: On rocky slopes and along forested ravines or river banks in mountainous areas.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Soutpansberg in South Africa and Madagascar.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 46 - 47. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 310. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 369.

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 221.

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.

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 107 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 456 - 457. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

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Flora of Malawi: Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii., retrieved 22 June 2024

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