Indigofera helmsii Peter G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Indigofera uncinata Ewart & L.R.Kerr APNI*
Indigofera brevidens var. uncinata Benth. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 60 cm; young stems distinctly square in section; hairs scattered, appressed.
Leaves up to 5 cm long; leaflets 7–11, elliptic to obovate, 10–20 mm long, 4–9 mm wide, apex obtuse and mucronate, upper surface glabrous; stipules triangular, 4–7 mm long, persistent, recurved and spinescent.
Inflorescences 1.5–4.5 cm long. Calyx with dark hairs, teeth shorter than or equal to the tube. Petals deep pink.
Pod 20–30 mm long, terete, sparsely appressed-hairy; seeds several, endocarp spotted.
Distribution and occurrence: Rather rare in N.S.W., the only recent confirmed sighting was in Mutawintji National Park.
Grows on hills or in rocky creek beds.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: W.A. S.A. N.T.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: 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.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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