Indigofera bernieri Baill.
Indigofera micropus Baill.
Indigofera leucoclada is a shrub that can grow around 2 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Indigofera leucoclada is a widespread species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Africa - central Madagascar
Grassland and woodland in the dry to subhumid zones; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
Found in the wild on sand or limestone soils and on inselbergs[
]. 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.
We have seen no specific information for this species, but most members of the genus have 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 leaves of this species are used medicinally for the treatment of small injuries[
]. The leaf infusion is used to treat children urinating in bed[
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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