African Plant Database

Indigofera hirsuta L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 751 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Indigofera
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Indigofera hirsuta L. var. hirsuta
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Indigofera hirta Bojer (1837)
=Indigofera ferruginea Schumach. & Thonn.
=Indigofera fusca G. Don
=Indigofera hirsuta var. pumila Welw. ex Baker
Taxon infra-specific
Indigofera hirsuta L. var. hirsuta
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect or spreading annual or short-lived perennial herb 0,25-1,5 m tall; stems ramose; cylindrical or slightly ridged, stiffly brownish or, occasionally, white pilose;
Ecology : Weed of cultivated and waste places; grassy formations; road sides; humid or temporarily humid sandy soils; stony shortly-bushy pastures; 0-1350 m alt.
  Cape Verde Isl.; Botswana; Madagascar; Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Indochina, Philllipines? New Guinea, N Australia; Trop. America (probably introduced). - The range has certainly been increased by man (grown as a cover-crop, green (manure, forage).
  Comprises 2 vars.
  Often confused with I. astragalina.
Biol./Eco : Herb; Humid, Subhumid, Dry; Forest, Anthropic; 0-499 m, 500-999 m; distribution: Comoros, Mascarenes, Africa, Asia, Australasia/Pacific, New World,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
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Record n°176909 modified 2007-04-19
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