Indigofera heterantha Brandis (syn. Indigofera gerardiana Baker; Indigofera gerardiana var. heterantha (Brandis) Baker; Indigofera heterantha var. gerardiana (Baker) Ali; Indigofera himalayensis var. retusa S.N.Biswas; Indigofera macrostachya Vent.; Indigofera rubroviolacea Dunn);
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in-dee-GO-fer-uh — bearing indigoDave’s Botanary
het-er-AN-thuh — with various or diverse flowersDave’s BotanaryWikipedia
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commonly known as: Himalayan indigo, indigo bushHindi: काली काथी kali kathi, काथी kathi, सकीना sakinaKashmiri: kanhchu क॑छ़ू॒Nepali: साखिनो saakhinoPunjabi: ਮੱਤੂ mattu
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Native to: Arghanistan, Himalayas (600-3100 m), Khasia, China
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Medium sized shrub with pinnate leaves and ovate-oblong leaflets; flowers in axillary racemes, purple or pale red; pod cylindric, up to 5 cm long.
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Indigofera heterantha: Indigofera heterantha
At Kedarnath dham,Uttarakhand
O3 June 2011

4 AUG 12
Ghangaria – Govind Ghat trail about 6400 ft
Habitat: mountain slope
Habit: shrub, about 3 m high; flower about 10 – 15 mm across

I think yes


just that one flower gives enough clues to its id?


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Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Week: Indigofera heterantha from Kashmir-GSOCT31/35 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Indigofera heterantha Wall. ex Brandis, For. Fl. N.W. & C. Ind. 135. 1874

syn: Indigofera gerardiana var. heterantha (Wall. ex Brandis) Baker
Medium sized shrub with pinnate leaves and ovate-oblong leaflets; flowers in axillary racemes, purple or pale red; pod cylindric, up to 5 cm long.
Photographed from Gulmarg, Kashmir

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Indigofera heterantha Wall. ex Brandis, For. Fl. N.W. & C. Ind. 135. 1874
syn: Indigofera gerardiana var. heterantha (Wall. ex Brandis) Baker
Medium sized shrub with pinnate leaves and ovate-oblong leaflets; flowers in axillary racemes, purple or pale red; pod cylindric, up to 5 cm long.
Photographed from Gulmarg, Kashmir

I think I have seen this near Pangot HP. Will upload in a separate post


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VoF Week: Indigofera heterantha from way to Ghangriya:
Indigofera heterantha from way to Ghangriya


Yes … Nice photographs


Yes. I remember it observed at Pangot


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Tree for ID : Pink flowers : Nainital,Uttarakhand : 310313 : AK-2 : 5 images. 6 posts by 3 authors.
Seen this tree with pink flowers by the roadside growing wild on way to Nainital on 23/3/13.
Common tree along the road, seen in many places….all in bloom.
Some Indigo?


It is Indigofera heterantha. Very common plant inside pine forest and found up to 2500m.


I don’t think I. heterantha can grow to become a tree. It is at the most a big shrub.


It looked like a small tree, not a large one.
Could be a big shrub.
I am unable to differentiate.

Adding one more picture for id. Close up of flowers.



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Bush For ID : Way To Pahalgam : 211013 : AK-3 :  Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
A bush seen on the 6th of Sept,2011 on way to Pahalgam.
Tiny pink flowers.
Sorry for the bad picture.


Indigofera heterantha
Another common shrub in Kashmir valley


 


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This post shares pics from Valley of Flowers area, Uttrakhand..
I hope this shrub is rightly identified as Indigofera heterantha


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Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Indigofera sp. :: Nauradhar :: NS OCT 68/68 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Please suggest if these pics may belong to Indigofera heterantha or otherwise..

Yes, this is Indigofera heterantha


 


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Please provide your valuable views regarding the id of this shrub recorded from Chakrata region…
Can this be I. heterantha..?

I think it matches with images at Indigofera heterantha 

 


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Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Indigofera sp.:: Churdhar :: NS OCT 67/67 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Please provide your inputs for id of this Indigofera from Nauradhar area, H.P. .. Indigofera heterantha ??

I think it matches with images at Indigofera heterantha 


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Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Indigofera sp.:: Churdhar :: NS OCT 67/67 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Please provide your inputs for id of this Indigofera from Nauradhar area, H.P. .. Indigofera heterantha ??

I think it matches with images at Indigofera heterantha 


Indigofera heterantha Brandis (I. gerardiana Baker)



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QUERY AND ID REQUEST OF PINK FLOWERING TREE/SHRUB ON IN SHIVALIK FOOTHILLS : 8 posts by 3 authors.
Could the members of the esteemed group provide an identity for this flowering tree/ shrub growing on slopes of the Shivalik foothills, Village Kahianwala, 20 km from Chandigrh. Pixs taken on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. It is very uncommon in this area. Local say it flowers in the current season and is named, ‘Makhi’. Perhaps, the local name stems from an abundance of bees and small insects that buzz around the pink shower. 

 


This is for sure Indigo, a common flowering shrub of Himalayas… The species can be Indigofera heterantha….!! Thanks for posting …


Thanks very much, …
Could this be Indigofera pulchella?

Is this common in the Shiwalik foothills?
Could you please cite some information on this species, which would be of interest to a reader?


You can see the relevant information on: /species/a—l/f/fabaceae/indigofera/indigofera-heterantha
And I. pulchella is a synonym of I. cassioides, which is also reported from Siwaliks and is more frequent compared to I. heterantha. The plant you have posted is not very common in the area.

Yes, it cannot be denied i.e. I. cassioides, in fact I need to see these again and record careful observations. Same is the case with many other genera for me.
I think the “Neel” production from natural sources have largely been replaced by synthetic chemicals. These two species are not being used, they yield small quantities and that too inferior quality, thus not worth commercialising.


Thanks, … How could we distinguish between I. heterantha and I. pulchella?



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SK313JAN11-2016:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Location: Kalinchowk, Dolakha, Nepal
Altitude: 8000 ft.
Date: 24 July 2014

Desmodium?


I guess so. Need ID.


Desmodium species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)


I think some other genera like Indigofera ?


Definitely Indigofera, this one is Indigofera heterantha


Thank you for the ID confirmation.
Indigofera heterantha Brandis (accepted name)
Nepali Name :  साखिनो  Saakhino


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NSD -8 March 2107 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
seen this plant during my recent visit of Himalya.
I think this shrub is Indigofera heterantha Brandis

Common name – Himalayan indigo
Please validate……….
Chamoli, Uttarakhand : 5 March 2017


May be, …, with these images.
Pl. also check images at Indigofera heterantha
If you have other images, pl. post.


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SK315JAN12-2016:ID : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Ranikot, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Altitude: 6300 ft.
Date: 10 May 2014

I think a Fabaceae member.


Could not ID even checking all Fabaceae listed in Nepal.

Adding some more images shot at same location at same time.
Is this the same plant ?
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Indigofera heterantha with galls



Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Indigofera heterantha :: Manali :: DVOCT85 : 1 post by 1 author.

Indigofera heterantha Brandis
at Manali on June 3, 2008
at Manali on June 4, 2008


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in-dee-GO-fer-uh — bearing indigo
het-er-AN-thuh — differing flower
Jun 4, 2008 … at Manali, Himachal Pradesh
commonly known as: Himalayan indigo • Kashmiri: क्षुद्रक्षुपभेदः kshudrakshupabhedaha Nepalese: साकिनों sakino
Native to: Arghanistan, Himalayas (600-3100 m), Khasia, China
another view: Jun 4, 2008 … at Manali, Himachal Pradesh



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via Species‎ > ‎I‎ > Indigofera heterantha Brandis … family: Fabaceae

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
in-dee-GO-fer-uh — bearing indigoDave’s Botanary
het-er-AN-thuh — with various or diverse flowersDave’s BotanaryWikipedia
commonly known as: Himalayan indigo, indigo bushHindi: काली काथी kali kathi, काथी kathi, सकीना sakinaKashmiri: kanhchu क॑छ़ू॒Nepali: साखिनो saakhinoPunjabi: ਮੱਤੂ mattu
botanical names: Indigofera heterantha Brandis … synonyms: Indigofera dosua Lindl. • Indigofera gerardiana Baker • Indigofera macrostachya Vent. • Indigofera rubroviolacea Dunn … status at GBIF
February 16, 2008 … Manali



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MS June, 2019/09 Indigofera sp. ? for ID : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Location : Lurh tlang, Mizoram

Altitude : ca 1,800 m.
Date : 31-05-2019
Habit : Undershrub, up to about 30-45 cm. tall
Habitat : Wild

Looks like Indigofera exilis Grierson & D.G.Long ! 


No. of leaflets are more in Indigofera exilis Grierson & D.G.Long

Flower colour looks something different.

Yes. May be.
It will be better if … sends detailed and clear images.

Do you have more and better images ? If so, pl. post.

Same plant
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I guess Indigofera hebepetala has got no distribution in Mizoram.
Any possibility of Indigofera bracteata Graham ex Baker ??


May I request for the keys from your area?



I checked all the species listed here.

I think this Indigofera heterantha as per images and details herein.
Flora of China says
Leaves 6-7 cm, (9-)13-25-foliolate; 
Corolla purple to light purple; standard elliptic, 7.5-9(-13) × 4-5 mm, outside hairy; wings 7.5-10 mm, margin ciliate; keel 0.7-1.3 cm, outside apically hairy, margin ciliate;

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Identification required for Indigofera sp.: 3 high resolution images.
Habit:Shrub
Location: KULGAM, Jammu and Kashmir.


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Indigofera cassioides – efloraofindia (google.com)


I think I. heterantha
Indigofera heterantha – Himalayan Indigo (flowersofindia.net)
Leaflets look different in I. cassioides
Indigofera cassioides – Cassia Indigo (flowersofindia.net)


I too agree with you … which you point out and for ID,


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Indigofera heterantha: 2 high res. images.
Location: Rajouri, Jandk

Habit: Shrub
Date: 15-05-2021

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Botanical name: Indigofera heterantha: 2 high
Location: Rajouri j and k
Habit: Shrub
Local name: Kainthi
Date: 20-06-2021


Looks matching !


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SK 3020 06 October 2021: 9 very high res. images.
Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 2304m.
Date: 17 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Indigofera cylindracea Graham ex Baker ??


Could not find images on the net except for a few specimens in GBIF.
To me it looks different.
I think it is Indigofera heteranthaBrandis as per images and details herein.


https://www.alamy.com/indigofera-cylindracea ??


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SK 3055 18 October 2021: 6 very high res. images.
Location: Jumla, Nepal
Altitude: 2893m.
Date: 18 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Indigofera… ???


I think it is Indigofera heterantha Brandis as per images and details herein.


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SK 3218 11 September 2021: 8 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 2500m.
Date: 25 August 2021 
Habit : Wild
Indigofera… ???

I think close to images at Indigofera heterantha Brandis as per images and details herein.


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SK 3223 13 September 2021: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 2500m.
Date: 25 August 2021 
Habit : Wild
Indigofera dosua Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don ??

I think close to images at Indigofera heterantha Brandis as per images and details herein.


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Help me to identify this Astragalus sp. From Ganderal kashmir: 3 high res. images.
My wild guess will be A.ophiocarpus


I guess this looks different.


I m not sure with my wild guess


Pl. check Indigofera.


Bit resembles with I.dosua.. Leaves are different from I.dosua


Maybe Indigofera heterantha Brandis, but not sure.

Detailed images with fruits will help.
What are the species reported from your area?


Indigofera heterantha Is most common sp. in kashmir


 

 


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