Australian New Crops Info 2016
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Listing of Interesting Plants of the World:

Indigofera pilosa



This species is usually known as:

Indigofera pilosa


This species has also been known as:

Indigofera pilosa var. multiflora


Common names:

Softhairy Indigo



Trends (five databases) 1901-2013:
[Number of papers mentioning Indigofera pilosa: 6]


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Popularity of Indigofera pilosa over time
[Left-hand Plot: Plot of numbers of papers mentioning Indigofera pilosa (histogram and left hand axis scale of left-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box); Right-hand Plot: Plot of a proportional micro index, derived from numbers of papers mentioning Indigofera pilosa as a proportion (scaled by multiplying by one million) of the approximate total number of papers available in databases for that year (frequency polygon and left-hand axis scale of right-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box)] 

[For larger charts showing the numbers of papers that have mentioned this species over years, select this link; there are links to come back from there]



[Total number of keywords included in the papers that mentioned this species: 12]


Changes in species occurrence (1), classification (1), Grazing (1), Herbaceous fallow vegetation (1), identification (1), Indicator species (1), Indigofera (1), indigofera pilosa (1), Rainfall variability (1), Sahel (1), seed production (1), West Africa (1)


[If all keywords are not here (as indicated by .....), they can be accessed from this link; there are links to come back from there]



Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):
[Please note: When there are only a few papers mentioning a species, care should be taken with the interpretation of these crop use/product results; as well, a mention may relate to the use of a species, or the context in which it grows, rather than a product]


fodder (99.72), medicinal (0.03), timber (0.03), fruit (0.02), poison (0.02), weed (0.02), ornamental (0.01), starch (0.01), cereal (0.01), nutraceutical (0.01).....


[To see the full list of crop use/product outcomes, from searching abstracts of the papers that have mentioned this species, select this link; details of the analysis process have also been included; there are links to come back from there]



Recent mentions of this species in the literature:
[since 2012, with links to abstracts; The references from 1901-2013 which have been used for the trend, keyword and crop use/product analyses below, are listed below these references]


Mbow C, Fensholt R, Rasmussen K and Diop D (2013) Can vegetation productivity be derived from greenness in a semi-arid environment? Evidence from ground-based measurements. Journal of Arid Environments 97, 56-65.



References 1901-2013 (and links to abstracts):
[Number of papers mentioning Indigofera pilosa: 6; Any undated papers have been included at the end]


Müller JV (2008) Grassland communities on a Sahelian peneplain in Burkina Faso. Feddes Repertorium 119, 42-62.

Wezel A, Schlecht E (2004) Inter-annual variation of species composition of fallow vegetation in semi-arid Niger. Journal of Arid Environments 56, 265-82.

Chase R, Boudouresque E (1987) Methods to stimulate plant regrowth on bare sahelian forest soils in the region of Niamey, Niger. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 18, 211-21.

Boyd WC, Waszczenko-Zacharczenko E, Goldwasser SM (1961) List of Plants Tested for Hemagglutinating Activity. Transfusion 1, 374-82.

Tabor P (1949) Blanket indigo. Agronomy journal. 41, 219.

Rossberg G (1936) Aufzählung der von Baronin Nolde und O. Hundt in Angola gesammelten Leguminosen. Repertorium novarum specierum regni vegetabilis 39, 155-68.


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