Asian Indigo
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Asian Indigo
ative trifoliate Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Asian Indigo, Three-leaved indigo • Tamil: புனல்முருங்கை punal-murunkai • Telugu: జీడి వెంపలి jidi vempali • Kannada: ಗೋರಮ್ಟಿ ನೀಲಿ goramti nili
Botanical name: Indigofera trita    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Indigofera cinerea, Indigofera timoriensis, Indigofera rigida

Asian Indigo is a spreading to erect annual or short-lived perennial herb or shrub, 1-3 ft high. Branches becoming whitish. Leaves are trifoliolate, about 0.8-2.5 cm long. Leaflets are about 1.2-2.6 cm long, obovate or oblong, velvety on both sides. Inflorescence is 6-12-flowered, 4.5 cm long or less. Flowers are pink. Sepal cup is 2.5 mm long, with linear teeth. Fruit is about 2.5-2.7 cm long, spreading or deflexed, tetragonous, 6-10-seeded. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: S. Kasim, Vijayasankar Raman Photographed Ranipet, Vellore distt. Tamil Nadu.

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