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
Until recently, despite several searches, this species had not been seen for more than 60 years. A small population has now been rediscovered and is currently being assessed by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Note added by K.L. Gibbons, 29 September 2021.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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