Indigofera dodecaphylla Ficalho & Hiern
Indigofera hololeuca angolensis Baker f.
Indigofera daleoides is a perennial plant growing from a many-headed rootstock and forming a mat of growth. The more or less prostrate stems are usually branched near the base[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Indigofera daleoides has a wide distribution range, where it appears to be generally common and with no major threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southern Africa - southern Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa
]. Open grasslands, in open woodlands, on sand, and also in disturbed habitats such as along roadsides; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
Indigofera species generally grow best in a sunny position, preferring a well-drained but moist soil[
]. Many of the species will also succeed in drier conditions and in poor soils.
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.
The plant is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been dried for storage the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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