Stalkless Indigo
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Stalkless Indigo
A Native Photo: Yogesh Sharma
Common name: Stalkless Indigo
Botanical name: Indigofera sessiliflora    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Indigofera tribuloides

Stalkless Indigo is a trailing annual herb, branches with greyish white. Leaves are imparipinnately compound, leaf-stalk about 4.5-10 mm long, leaflets 5-7, alternate, about 4-10 mm long, about 3.5-4.5 mm broad, inverted-lanceshaped or elliptic, blunt, velvet-hairy on both sides; stipules linear, pointed, hairy. Flowers are borne in stalkless heads hugging the leaf axils. Bracts are minute pointed, velvet-hairy. Flowers are stalkless, red, about 3-5 mm long, shaped like pea flowers. Sepal-cup is 3.5-4.5 mm long, teeth long, linear, hairy. Fruit is about 6-12 mm long, linear, velvet-hairy, beady, 3-6-seeded. Stalkless Indigo is found in Arabia; Eritrea; Sudan; Nigeria, Senegal ,Pakistan, and India. Flowering: February-April.

Identification credit: Yogesh Sharma Photographed in Rewari, Haryana.

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