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).

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.

Other sources of information about Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii:

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

External websites:

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
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Indigofera lyallii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Indigofera lyallii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Indigofera lyallii
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Indigofera lyallii
iNaturalist: Indigofera lyallii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Indigofera lyallii
JSTOR Plant Science: Indigofera lyallii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Indigofera lyallii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera lyallii
Plants of the World Online: Indigofera lyallii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Indigofera lyallii
Tropicos: Indigofera lyallii
Wikipedia: Indigofera lyallii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Indigofera lyallii subsp. lyallii., retrieved 14 November 2019

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