Indigofera australis Willd.

Austral Indigo

Sp. Pl., edn 5, 3: 1235 (1802) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading shrub to c. 2.5 m tall. Leaves 4–10 cm long; rachis more or less terete, to c. 1 mm wide; leaflets usually 11–25, oblong to elliptic, mostly 10–40 mm long, 5–9 mm wide, obtuse, usually mucronate; stipules lanceolate, to c. 4 mm long. Inflorescences mostly 6–15 cm long; peduncle to c. 2 cm long. Flowers 5-many; pedicels c. 2 mm long; bract triangular, 0.5–1 mm long, brown; calyx 2–2.5 mm long, appressed-hairy, teeth shorter than tube, unequal; corolla mauve, standard suborbicular, c. 6 mm across, short-clawed; wings spathulate; keel c. as long as wings. Pod linear-terete, 25–45 mm long, more or less glabrous; seeds more or less cubic, c. 2 mm long, black. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All States except NT. Widespread and common across much of state in a variety of habitats but absent from the north-west.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Indigofera
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Indigofera australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Indigofera australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory