One-Flowered Indigo
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One-Flowered Indigo
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: One-Flowered Indigo • Kannada: ಕೊಗ್ಗಿಡಿ Koggidi
Botanical name: Indigofera uniflora    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Indigofera aspalathoides sensu Dalzell & A.Gibson

One-Flowered Indigo is a prostrate herb with slender elongate much branched reddish stem. Leaves are 3-5-foliolate; leaflets up to 7 x 3 mm, linear-oblong, tip pointed, with minute prostrate hairs; stipules minute, falling off. Flowers are borne usually solitary in the leaf axils, on flower-stalk up to 4 mm long, slender thread-like. Sepals are lanceshaped, nearly equal, sparsely hairy. Petals are red, clawed; standard obovate; wings slightly coherent with keels. Stamens are 9+1. Ovary is stalkless. Pods are 1-1.3 cm long, linear, straight. Seeds are 4-7. One-Flowered Indigo is endemic to Peninsular India. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Velanthavalam, Plaghat distt., Kerala.

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