Fuzzy Petal Indigo   
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Fuzzy Petal Indigo
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Fuzzy Petal Indigo
Botanical name: Indigofera hebepetala    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Fuzzy Petal Indigo is a deciduous shrub, with branches sparsely velvety when young. Leaves are compound, 10-25 cm long, with 5-11 leaflets. Leaflets are about 2.5-10 cm long, ovate or obovate-oblong, blunt with a small point at the tip, velvety on both sides. Stalks of leaflets are 2.5 mm long. Flowers are borne in a 10-25 cm long raceme. Flower-stalks are short. Bract is boat shaped with a long cuspidate point, enclosing the flower-buds. Sepal tube is about 2.5 mm long, velvety, with short teeth. Flowers are purple, with a standard petal about 1.2-1.4 × 0.6-0.8 cm, fuzzy on the outside. Wings are 1-1.1 cm, hairless, keel as long as wings. Fruit is 2.5-5.5 cm long, straight, hairless. Fuzzy Petal Indigo is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2400-3200 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh
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