Creeping Indigo
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Creeping Indigo
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Creeping Indigo, Spicate indigo, Trailing indigo
Botanical name: Indigofera hendecaphylla    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Indigofera endecaphylla, Indigofera kleinii, Indigofera bolusii

Creeping Indigo is a prostrate to weakly rising up perennial herb, with stems 30-75 cm long. Leaves are compound with 5-11 leaflets which are alternate to subopposite, obovate to oblong-wedge-shaped, sometimes some of them elliptic, 3-30 mm long, 2-12 mm wide, increasing in size toward tip of axis. Salmon colored, pea-like flowers occur in racemes 5-17 cm long. Sepal tube is 2-3 mm long, with sepals narrowly triangular, 4-6 mm long. Pods straight, reflexed, linear, somewhat four-edged, 1.5-3.5 cm long, 2-2.5 mm wide. Creeping Indigo is found in India and SE Asia. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Nimgiri fort, Maharashtra.

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