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Indigofera australis Willd. subsp. australis Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Common name: Australian Indigo, Duwabili (D'harawal)

Indigofera australis subsp. australis Willd. APNI*

Description: Spreading shrub up to 2.5 m tall; young stems bearing pale, appressed hairs.

Leaves 4–10 cm long; leaflets usually 11–25, rarely as few as 5, oblong to elliptic, 10–40 mm long, 5–9 mm wide, obtuse, usually with a small mucro; stipules lanceolate, up to 4 mm long.

Inflorescences 9–15 cm long. Calyx bearing dark brown hairs, teeth shorter than the tube. Petals mauve.

Pod terete, 25–45 mm long, ± glabrous; seeds several, endocarp spotted.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland and eucalypt forest; commonly on hills in western districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

A variable species. Plants in Western Australia and the western part of South Australia have been separated as Indigofera australis subsp. hesperia. See Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 24: 67–73 (2010).

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

subsp. australis

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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