Indigofera linnaei

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Indigofera linnaei Ali
  • Synonyms : Indigofera prostrata (L.) Domin, Indigofera enneaphylla L.
  • Common Name : Birdsville Indigo, Bhuiguli, Bhonya-gali
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 22, 26-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Basan, Aranya Van

About Indigofera linnaei Plant :

  • Habit : Annual or biennial, prostrate or pendulous with stems silvery hairy.
  • Leaves : 7-9-11 foliate, stipules scarious, ovate, long-cuspidate, membranous dry, leaflets obovate, rounded or emarginated at the apex, cuneate at the base, more or less densely covered with white appressed hairs on both sides.
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers small, in short or compact axillary heads or racemes, bracts scarious, persistent.
    • Calyx hairy outside, corolla bright red, slightly longer than the calyx.
  • Fruit : Pods long, cylindric, 2-seeded, silvery, with a slight depression between the seeds.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-October
  • Significance : The juice of the plant is used as an antiscorbutic.