Indigofera rhynchocarpa Welw. ex Baker
var. rhynchocarpa

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Indigofera rhynchocarpa var. rhynchocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Indigofera rhynchocarpa var. rhynchocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Indigofera rhynchocarpa var. rhynchocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mbizi Game Park

Indigofera rhynchocarpa var. rhynchocarpa

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Christon Bank

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Common names: Beak-fruited indigo tree (English) Hockey stick tree (English)
Mostly a shrub but occasionally a suffrutex or small tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 5-9 leaflets; stipels 1-4.5 mm long, subulate-setaceous, erect or spreading. Leaflets: terminal 3-12 × 2-7 cm, broadly obovate-elliptic; apex rounded; lateral leaflets often narrower. Inflorescence a raceme of numerous flowers. The flowers are small and inconspicuous but the fruits have a very distinct "hockey-stick" shape.
Derivation of specific name: rhynchocarpa: with beaked fruit
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola. Burundi, CAR, DRC, Rwanda, Chad, Nigeria, Togo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Sunday 15 April 2018

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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.

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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 49.

Schrire, B.D. (2012). Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) Pages 119 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 100.

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Flora of Mozambique: Indigofera rhynchocarpa var. rhynchocarpa
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Indigofera rhynchocarpa var. rhynchocarpa

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Indigofera rhynchocarpa var. rhynchocarpa., retrieved 19 April 2024

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