Indigofera hilaris Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Indigofera hilaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd before Bunga Forest

Indigofera hilaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd before Bunga Forest

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Synonyms: Anila hilaris (Eckl. & Zeyh.) O. Kuntze
Indigofera hirta E. Mey.
Indigofera leipzigiae Bremek.
Common names: Gay indigofera (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, dying back in winter, with stiffly erect or decumbent, ribbed stems, up to 40 cm tall, growing from a thick woody rootstock. Leaves pinnate mostly with 3-7 leaflets, upper leaves sometimes with more, basal leaves reduced, becoming scale-like; leaflets often folded; stipules 2-9 mm long, linear, stiffly erect. Inflorescences densely-flowered racemes 1.5-5 cm long, mostly appearing after fire. Flowers 7-8 mm long, bright pink to carmine. Pod 10-30 mm long, cylindric, straight, with whitish, reddish or brown appressed short hairs, shortly beaked with the persistent style base.
Derivation of specific name: hilaris: gay or cheerful, probably referring to the bright, colourful display of the flowers
Habitat: In open grassland on granite sands, often on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: 700 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North-West, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
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Content last updated: Monday 18 July 2016

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 93. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 163. as Indigofera hilaris microscypha

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21. As Indigofera hilaris hilaris

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.

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. As Indigofera hilaris var. hilaris

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 58, plate 83

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 218 - 219.

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Flora of Mozambique: Indigofera hilaris
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Indigofera hilaris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Indigofera hilaris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Indigofera hilaris
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Indigofera hilaris
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Indigofera hilaris
JSTOR Plant Science: Indigofera hilaris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Indigofera hilaris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Indigofera hilaris
Plants of the World Online: Indigofera hilaris
The Plant List (version 1.1): Indigofera hilaris
Tropicos: Indigofera hilaris
Wikipedia: Indigofera hilaris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Indigofera hilaris., retrieved 12 December 2019

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