Common name: Chinese Indigo, Poor Man's Wisteria
Indigofera decora Lindl. APNI*
Description: Erect multistemmed shrub, 0.3–1 m high, suckering from woody rhizome; young stems slightly ridged, green, glabrous.
Leaves 10–14 cm long; leaflets mostly 9–11, elliptic or ovate, 18–60 mm long, 10–21 mm wide, acute or obtuse with a small mucro; stipules caducous very early, triangular.
Inflorescences 6–17 cm long, shorter to longer than leaves. Calyx moderately hairy, grey, teeth ± equal to the length of the tube. Petals pink.
Pods terete, 39–52 mm long, glabrous; seeds several, endocarp spotted.
Distribution and occurrence: Occasional garden escape in urban areas. Native of China.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *CT
Text by Peter G. Wilson
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