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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Indigofereae
Genera: Cyamopsis – Indigastrum – Indigofera – Microcharis – Phylloxylon – Rhynchotropis – Vaughania


Indigofereae Benth. (1859)

Type genus: Indigofera L.


Bentham, G. in Martius, C.F.P. von (ed.) 1859: Fl. Bras. 15(1): 5–6, 35-36.
USDA: GRIN Taxonomy for Plants[1] (20 March 2006)

Vernacular names
русский: Индигоферовые

The tribe Indigofereae is a subdivision of the plant family Fabaceae. It is consistently recovered as a monophyletic clade in molecular phylogenies.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][4][15][16][17][18][19] The Indigofereae arose 30.0 ± 3.3 million years ago (in the Oligocene).[20]

This tribe does not currently have a node-based, phylogenetic definition, but it can be distinguished by the following morphological synapomorphies: the presence of biramous hairs, keel spurs, short free staminal filaments, and short fruiting pedicels; and the loss of stipels and seed arils.[3]


Indigofereae comprises the following genera:[2][3][21][22]

Cyamopsis DC.
Indigastrum Jaub. & Spach
Indigofera L.
Microcharis Benth.
Phylloxylon Baill.
Rhynchotropis Harms.


Modern molecular phylogenetics suggest the following relationships:[3]

Millettioids (outgroup)




Palaeotropical Clade

Pantropical Clade

Cape Clade

Tethyan Clade

CRIM Clade






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