Mysore Indigo
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Mysore Indigo
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Mysore Indigo, Mysore Panicled Indigo
Botanical name: Indigofera mysorensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Anil mysorensis, Indigofera polyphylla

Mysore Indigo is a low erect copiously-branched shrub, the young stems slender, clothed with short spreading grey pubescence. Flowers are red, hairless, twice the sepals. Sepal-cup is 3 mm; sepals lanceshaped, very-long. Flowers are borne in lax, elongated racemes, more or less panicled, each flower subtended by a bract just like the leaflets, and the branches furnished low down with 3-5-foliolate leaves. Leaves are stalkless, of the main branches 3-8 cm long ; leaflets 11-21, oblong, membranous, opposite, 1-1.2 cm long, thinly clothed on both sides with adpressed grey hairs ; stipules bristly, 6 mm, persistent. Pod is linear-cylindrical, straight, 6-10 mm long, 4-6-seeded, finely velvet-hairy. Mysore Indigo is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma, N Arun Kumar Photographed in Bengaluru outskirts, Karnataka.

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