Indigofera arrecta Hochst. ex A.Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 184 (1847) (syn: Indigofera kisantuensis De Wild. & T.Durand; Indigofera madagascariensis Schrank ex Colla; Indigofera scopa De Wild. & T.Durand; Indigofera umbonata Welw. ex Baker);
Tropical & S. Africa, Arabian Peninsula: Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Central African Repu, East Himalaya, India, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Philippines, Queensland, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Thailand, Vietnam as per POWO;
India (I): Arunachal Pradesh; Bihar; Karnataka; Orissa; Uttar Pradesh; West Bengal and other countries as per ILDIS;
Indigofera arrecta Hochst. ex A.Rich. submission AS18 December21: 13 images.
Here’s a new Indigofera species addition to our website.
Indigofera arrecta Hochst. ex A.Rich
Family – Fabaceae
Indigofera arrecta is a East African species introduced into India and cultivated largely in British times as its other major source of commercial Indigo along with Indigofera tinctoria. Both these species are very closely related however I. arrecta can be distinguished based on characters having comparitively more number of leaflets, grooved branches, much taller plants (7-8 feets), longer racemes (upto 4cm) and ferrugino-pubescent calyx and standard petal/banner.
Photographed as naturalised species in Bengaluru Outskirts, Karnataka
In October 2021
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 ILDIS IPNI Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal Wikipedia worldagroforestry Useful Tropical Plants Feedipedia