Indigofera dalabaca A.Chev.
Indigofera gillettii De Wild. & T.Durand
Indigofera kengeleensis De Wild.
Indigofera multijuga Bake
Indigofera palustris Vatke
Indigofera sesbaniifolia A.Chev.
Indigofera dendroides is an elegant, erect, wiry, more or less branched annual plant growing from 20 - 150cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine
E. Africa - Senegal and southern Mauritania to Sudan and Kenya, south to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, avoiding areas of higher rainfall
Grassland; cultivated ground; seasonal swamps and flood plains; scrub; sparingly grassy slopes; pathsides; savannah; neglected Cedrela plantation with regenerating mixed woodland[
Indigoera 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.
Indigofera dendroides is a very variable plant[
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 (part not specified) is a generally healing medicine[
]. It is used in the treatment of yaws[
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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