Heart-Leaf Indigo   
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Heart-Leaf Indigo
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Heart-Leaf Indigo • Hindi: गोखरू Gokhru, बेकरा Bekara • Marathi: बेचका Bechka, बेकरिया Bekria • Telugu: Papara alumu
Botanical name: Indigofera cordifolia    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Heart-Leaf Indigo is a prostrate annual herb, with branched, velvet-hairy stem, 8 to 15 cm. Unlike many other Indigofera species, this plant has simple leaves, to 6-16 mm long, 4-13 mm broad, nearly stalkless, broadly ovate, heart-shaped, obtuse tipped, ending in a sharp point. Leaves are velvet-hairy on both sides. Inflorescence is a nearly stalkless, 4-8 flowered head. Sepal tube is 3-3.5 mm long, hairy; sepals linear, densely hairy. Flowers bright red, pea-shaped. Fruit 4-5 mm long, oblong, densely pubescent, 2-seeded, rarely 1-seeded. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Nagpur.
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