Indigofera polysphaera Baker

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Synonyms: Indigofera dewevrei Micheli
Common names:
Erect annual herb up to 1.2 m tall arising from a sometimes woody taproot; stems angular, greenish-yellow to reddish-brown, ± densely appressed strigose with short ± equally biramous pale hairs, reddish pearl bodies restricted to leaf axils; stipules 4-7 x 0.5-1.5 mm; leaves simple, 9-80 x 1-9 mm, linear-lanceolate, acute, sparsely bristly hairy above, densely bristly hairy below, petiole 1-2 mm; inflorescence lax to densely subcapitate panicles at ends of main branches and axils of reduced leaves, panicles sometimes more openly branched and appearing raceme-like or compound and branching with two or more capitula, peduncle 3-25 mm; calyx 3-5 mm long, lobes linear-lanceolate, attenuate 4-10 times as long as 0.5-1 mm long tube; corolla 5-6 mm long, orange to orange-pink; back of standard spreading hispid, wings glabrous, keel densely reddish-brown hairy beneath; pods 3-5 x c.2 mm, densely white, yellowish or reddish-brown hairy, 2-seeded.
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Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Page 167.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Indigofera polysphaera
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera polysphaera
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Indigofera polysphaera., retrieved 10 May 2021

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