Scientific Name
Indigofera floribunda N.E.Br.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
Indigofera is in need of taxonomic revision and many species are poorly known. Indigofera floribunda is possibly restricted to a small area around Sabie, in which case it is likely to be in danger of extinction. However, based on currently available data its risk of extinction cannot be assessed.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Its distribution is uncertain. The type collection is from Mac Mac north of Sabie in Mpumalanga. It is possibly confined to a small area around Sabie, but may extend as far south as Barberton.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Northern Escarpment Quartzite Sourveld, Northern Escarpment Dolomite Grassland
Its precise habitat requirements are not known. According to Retief and Herman (1997) it occurs along the margins of plantations.
If this species is localized to the Sabie district, it is likely to have lost extensive habitat to timber plantations. Plantations are no longer expanding, but spreading, unmanaged alien invasive plants are causing ongoing degradation of remaining grassland fragments.

This is a very poorly known and rarely collected species, last recorded in 1957. It may be overlooked due to taxonomic problems in Indigofera. The population trend is unknown.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Indigofera floribunda N.E.Br.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Brown, N.E. 1925. New species of Indigofera from the Transvaal and Swaziland. Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) 1925(3):142-159.

Burtt Davy, J. 1932. A manual of the flowering plants and ferns of the Transvaal with Swaziland, South Africa. Part II. Malvaceae-Umbelliferae. Longmans, Green & Co., London.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Retief, E. and Herman, P.P.J. 1997. Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

von Staden, L. 2017. Indigofera floribunda N.E.Br. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/04

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