Images by P. Santhan & Muthu Karthick (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 




Distribution: Asia2, 3, 4: India(N)3, Sri
Lanka(N)2, 4  
; India: Andhra Pradesh3, Karnataka3, Kerala3, Orissa3, Tamil Nadu3 (From ILDIS )

Shrub, much branched; young stems appressed-pubescent with white hairs, later glabrescent; stipules minute, setaceous; leaves sessile, digitate, subfasciculate, 1-5-foliolate; leaflets linear to obovate, often involute, about 2-3(-7) mm long, 1 mm wide or less, obtuse at the apex, cuneate at the base, glabrous above, sparsely appressed-pubescent beneath; flowers about 5-6 mm long, solitary, axillary, on pedicels about 5 mm long; bracts minute, setaceous; calyx 1-1.5 mm long with deltoid lobes, sparsely pubescent; petals reddish; fruit linear, straight, 5-15 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, sparsely pubescent, (3-)5-8-seeded.

Flowering and fruiting: June-December
Sandy wastelands
South India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

Indigofera aspalathoides DC. SN15April 02 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Indigofera aspalathoides DC.,
erect bushy wild herb, from Vathalagundu area of Dindugul dt Tamilnadu,
it is a siddha medicinal herb.

Please id this Indigofera sp. 241109MK2 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Date: 21 Nov 2009

Place: Pasture land in Kancheepuram Dist., TN [80km south of Chennai]
Kindly help to identify this shrub growing to a height of 1 metre. 

Could this be Indigofera aspalathoides ?

Yes …, i think you are right!

Characters such as solitary flowers and digitate leaves confirm your id.
Called as ‘Sivanaar vaembu’ in Tamil.




An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995- Details with keys)
Encyclopaedia of World Medicinal Plants, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah (2006- Details)