Indigofera efoliata F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb or broom-like subshrub to 40 cm high, with a woody rootstock; stems appressed-hairy, grey-white to greenish.
Leaves absent or 1.5–3.5 cm long; leaflets 5–9, only present on leaves at the base of the annual growth, obovate or obcordate, up to 4 mm long and 2 mm wide; upper leaves appearing simple or absent; stipules narrow-triangular, up to 1 mm long.
Inflorescences 1.5–2 cm long. Calyx with grey or brown hairs, teeth shorter than the tube. Petals pink.
Pod ± terete, 20–25 mm long, sparsely appressed-hairy; seeds several, endocarp spotted.
Distribution and occurrence: Recorded from stony ground; very rare, only known from a few collections from the Dubbo area.
NSW subdivisions: CWS
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.
Despite several searches, this taxon has not been seen for more than 60 years and there is a strong possibility that it is extinct.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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