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Birdsville Indigo   
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Birdsville Indigo
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Birdsville Indigo • Hindi: लील Leel, Latahai, Bekario • Marathi: भिंगुले Bhingule • Tamil: Sheppunerunji • Malayalam: Cherru-pullate • Telugu: Yerra palleru, Cheragadam • Kannada: Kennegilu • Oriya: Pita saga • Gujarati: Bhonyagali, Fatakiya • Sanskrit: Vasuka
Botanical name: Indigofera linnaei    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Indigofera enneaphylla, Hedysarum prostratum

Birdsville Indigo is prostrate, much branched herb. Stem are trailing, velvet-hairy, with white hairs pressed against the stem. Leaves are compound, with 5-9 alternately arranged leaflets, 7-12 mm long, 2-5 mm broad, stalkless, with a rounded or notched tip, velvety on both sides. Inflorescence is a spike, peduncle 0-2 cm long. Bract 2 mm long. Sepal cup 3-4 mm long, velvety towards the outer side, teeth longer than the cup. Pea-shaped flowers are bright red, with the standard petal 4 mm long. Fruit 3-6 mm long, 2-3 mm broad, velvety, 1-3-seeded. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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