Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. (syn. Anila linifolia (L. f.) Kuntze; Hedysarum linifolium L.f.; Indigofera albicans Span.; Indigofer alinifolia var. campbellii Baker; Indigofera polygonoides Wendl.; Indigofera roxburghii Tausch; Sphaeridiophorum abyssinicum Jaub. & Spach; Sphaeridiophorum linifolium (L.f.) Desv.);
India (N) ; Andhra Pradesh; Arunachal Pradesh; Assam; Bihar; Dadra-Nagar-Haveli; Daman; Delhi; Diu; Goa; Gujarat; Haryana ; Himachal Pradesh; Jammu-Kashmir; Karnataka; Kerala; Madhaya Pradesh; Maharashtra; Orissa; Punjab; Rajasthan; Tamil Nadu ; Tripura; Uttar Pradesh; West Bengal and other countries as per ILDIS;
in-dee-GO-fer-uh — bearing indigo … Dave’s Botanary
lin-ih-FOH-lee-uh — flax- or linum-like leaves … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: narrowleaf indigo • Assamese: নীল গছ neel gosh • Bengali: ভাঙড়া bhangra, মোতিহারি motihari • Gujarati: ઝીણકી ગળી jhinaki gali, નાની ગળી nani gali • Hindi: भंगरा bhangra, भुरभुरा bhurbhura, पाण्डरफली pandarphali, रतनजोत ratanjot, रत्नमाला ratnamala, तोर्की torki • Kachchhi: સનીગરી sanigari • Kannada: ಗಂಜಿಕಸ ganjikasa • Konkani: तोर्की torki • Marathi: बरबाडा barbada, लाल गोधडी lal godhadi, पांढरफळी pandharphali, तोर्की torki • Punjabi: ਤੋਰਕੀ torki • Rajasthani: लांबीयौ बेकरियौ lambio bekario • Santali: tandi khode baha
There lot of variation in the size and shape of the leaves but it is very clear about fruit. it single seeded spherical fruit in I.linifolia.
Please identiy this small herb 2 – NS 080911: Attachments (3). 9 posts by 6 authors.
Photographed at my farm at Shahpur last weekend.
Again a small herb [20 – 30 cms tall] in open grasslands with minute flowers about 4mm in size.
Could this be a species of Indigofera [possibly I.linifolia] ?
… my belief too, Indigofera linifolia.
I agree with … id. Nice picture!
Please refer the identified pictures here: efi thread
I think the leaves are variable in shape and size.
FoC describes that the leaves are “…usually linear but sometimes elliptic to ovate-elliptic…”.
Yes … variation in leaf shape can happen and also hairiness vary according to season and locality.
ID please: IDPlease, herb from Fabaceae
At Shahpur, Thane
yes its Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. (linear leaf)
indigofera species, mm5 16102011: very small flowers, no bigger than 3mm
Looks like Indigofera linifolia
I have added images from different locations and from variable time frames. Most are from Vetal Tekdi Pune.
If any of the image appears different please point out.
Flowers really very tiny.
Indigofera ¿ linifolia ? at Ken Gharial Sanctuary :: 15 SEP 13 :: DV : 3 images. 7 posts by 4 authors.
Ken Gharial Sanctuary … about 500 – 1800 ft asl
Date / Time: 15 SEP 13 at 11:06 AM … Altitude: about 587 ft asl
Indigofera ¿ linifolia ?… (family: Fabaceae)
…, please validate this ID whether linifolia OR some other species of Indigofera.
… Raneh Falls (far end) on River Ken (also known as river Karnavati)
You are mixing plants & nature & general photography so well. You always do things which are so unique.
Very nice pictures! I agree with your ID, Indigofera linifolia (Linear leaves; flowers in racemes; pods globose, 1-seeded).
Thank you very very much … for the validation and clarity. My earlier sightings of I. linifolia were consistently prostrate plants not rising above 4 – 5 cm. This erect version thus confused me. Must say this plant in its erect habit can easily pass as an ornamental.
ID Request 180914SG : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3).
Please help identify this weed, 1×1 feet spread. Photo taken on 18Sep at Dhavlas, Maharashtra.
Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. The flower in the second picture looks contorted.
Looks like Indigofera linifolia.
Satara, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID validation – Indigofera (?) :: ARKNOV-24 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Requesting to please validate ID of this Fabaceae member captured near Satara, Maharashtra in October 2014.
Is this Indigiofera linifolia? Found it by the roadside.
Yes, it is Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz.
ANNOV62 Crotalaria(?) sp. for identification : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5).
Probably Indigofera linifolia …
… got it right: Indigofera linifolia.
Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. 15Jan SN 14 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz., wild herb from Kanchepuram dist of Tamilnadu
I have recently found this plant with small ovate non linear leaves. Will post separately.
Indigofera linifolia for validation : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5).
This plant was seen on 4th Jan in an agricultural field in Thane district, Maharashtra.
The globose whitish pods point to Indigofera linifolia although previously I have only seen this herb with a more upright habit and with linear leaves.
Flora of China mentions that “leaf or leaflet blade usually linear but sometimes elliptic to ovate-elliptic“
Is this a common variation here in India?
I am not expert but I think the prostrate nature here goes more near to Indigofera cordifolia rather than I.linifolia.
I think the id is right, this is not I. cordifolia and more likely to be I. linifolia…
The differentiating key character as per BSI flora between the I. linifolia and I. cordifolia is
Pods 1 seeded…… I. linifolia
Pods 2 or more seeded…. I. cordifolia
The plant in question seems to be I. linifolia. Apart from this the flowers are quite large in size for I. cordifolia.
thank you for confirming the id. It was new for me to see this plant with such a different habit.
Thanks for your opinions … Very interesting variation seen in the plant.
Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Indigofera linifolia :: n Western Ghats & Ken Gharial Sanctuary :: DVOCT86 : 1 post by 1 author. 7 images.
Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz.
at Ken Gharial Sanctuary on September 15, 2013
off NH No. 3 near Ghoti on December 13, 2008
Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Indigofera linifolia:: Morni etc. :: NS OCT 71/71 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)
The attached pics from Morni and Panipat most probaby belong to Indigofera linifolia….
Fabaceae (Faboideae)Fortnight::Indigofera linifolia ::Hadsar::PKA-OCT-108: : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Indigofera linifolia at Hadsar fort, Maharashtra.
Local name: Lal Godhadi,
Indigofera Species For ID : Nasik : 18NOV15 : AK-7 : 07/07 : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Seen growing wild on 23rd October.
Very small plant.
For Species id please.
PLANT FOR ID 22 SMP 28/11/08 – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Very tiny flowers less than 1 cm. Appear to be from Fabaceae.
Can it be one of the Indigoferas. I am not sure.
It may be Indigofera linifolia, but I am not very sure.
Links for Indigofera linifolia:
http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/3980 (description with a composite picture).
May I request … to pl. finally confirm the Id.
Appears to be Indigofera linifolia only as per images herein.
It too appears to be Indigofera linifolia leaves linear and flowers tiny
¿ which Indigofera ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
… which Indigofera species OR is it else ?
Location: Ghoti Road near Igatpuri
Taken on: Dec 13, 2008
Links for Indigofera linifolia: HEAR (details with an image),
Plantnet (description with a drawing), http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/3980 (description with a composite picture).
See earlier Indiantreepix link with unconfirmed Indigofera linifolia Id at: efi thread
…, I had thought of Indigofera linifolia, and it could be so.
… the leaves seen in most of pictures of I. linifolia that I came across seem to be very long compared what is seen in my photo OR are such variations in leaves are accepted ?
Appears to be Indigofera linifolia only as per images herein.
I feel it is Indigofera linifolia for the following: Leaf blades linear to obovate,densely adpressed pubescent, never gland dotted; pods globose, not echniate; seeds globose tuberculate
Thank you very much … for suggesting ID of Indigofera linifolia.
I too think it must be I. linifolia.
Indigofera linifolia/ cordifolia Kolhapur : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Indigofera linifolia/ cordifolia Kolhapur 04/11/2011 Panasonic DMC-S1 photo
Does not look like Indigofera linifolia as per images herein.
efi page with images on Indigofera cordifolia
Appears to be I. linifolia. The single seeded pods supports the id.
The id key is on number of seeds per pod as per BSI Flora of Maharashtra. Seeds per pod in I. cordifolia being 2+ . I. linifolia is very variable plant.
Thanks, … But leaves look different from images at Indigofera linifolia
It is Indigofera linifolia
To me also appears to be I. linifolia based on leaf shape and single seed.
It is clearly I. linifolia. There lot of variation in the size and shape of the leaves but it is very clear about fruit. it single seeded spherical fruit in I.linifolia.
It is Indigofera linifolia
Looks like Indigofera linifolia var campbelli.
ID request 140316SG-A : 19 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4)
Requesting ID of this weed, Spreading about 1’, Photo taken on 14Mar16 at Solapur, Maharashtra.
Looks like Indigofera linifolia.
Please wait for experts to comment.
not. the leaf shape (and possibly size, cant say since no measurements are given). does not support the dx
Agree with … Leaves one foliate, fruit one-seed. Pods silvery white (very characteristic) and small (< 5mm). Leaves here are not linear but are a variation, obovate (ssp campbelli?)
P.S.: Checked with Fl MH (Almeida) wrt flowering / fruiting for ssp campelli and it says ‘Aug to March!
Hearing from you after a very long while.
Thanks for supporting my suggested id.
I had seen this small plant on 23rd Oct,15 at a Govt Plant Nursery in Nasik.
Thanks for showing these pictures.
Yes the first thought which came to me after the reply was about the shape of leaves which is not linear.
But I checked the detailed explanantion from … which is logically right.
I do remember photographing similar pictures in Dec/Jan. wondering about which species it can be.
Considering the location and abundant nature I think the ID is right. Will share my pictures after checking.
Thank you all. By the way, the weed was found in a newly planted mango orchard, where top soil from outside added and was under drip irrigation.
I am still not convinced. Look at this link… the picture is by our own …. do you folks see the difference in the leaves????
The write up on that page about the leaf is :
I quote “Nearly stalkless leaves are narrow, linear to oblong-lanceolate, 20-45 x 2-4 mm, sharp-tipped, appressed-pubescent on both surfaces.” end quote
I really do not see in the present pictures narrow long leaves nor is there a visual clue to the ends being POINTED… does any one of you see it? or other members?? ALSO- My question –
could the variation in leaf be accommodated… since this plant seems to have these single round berry type fruits? is there a scholarly paper somewhere ?
Thank you all, I am sending additional images taken two days after previous, which may assist you to proper ID. There were three such plants spaced in a patch of 20-25 ft.
Thanks. so leaves are now a bit longer and in one (in first picture, new batch) and two in picture two, new batch seem have a pointed slightly brownish “tip” …. may be the pointed ended longish leaves of the description??? lets wait for some botanist/taxonomist with credentials to tell me if this is really I. linifolia… I would be really very helpful to get a description paper.
thank you again for being a sport and taking this set of follow up photographs. by the way its (indigofera linifolia) been wiped out of Rajasthan by overgrazing ….
i hope this population is not endangered where it is.
ps that was an interesting use of a note for size comparison.. I have not seen anybody do that in recent times. Not in India at least. wonderfully creative of you.
Thanks …, You had mentioned something about size in previous post. The note was handy.
By the way, a specimen was posted on Sep14 (180914SG) and was identified as Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. It was found about hundred Km apart the present. Hope, its population is not threatened
that case is validated upon resurfacing by both …and …, so i am sure that’s what it is… may be they can look at this case too. can we ask/request them?
i again observed the 3 picx provided, the leaf although appears to be more linear than what is in a common I.linifolia specimen, i am pretty sure the plant in question is I. linifolia. the fruit is globular which confirms the identity. other globuar fruit in Indigofera is of I. glandulosa, however it has tri-foliate leaves.
following key may be of help
also find morphology of fruit of Indigofera in the pic
and Indigofera linifolia specimen observed at Mumbai by me.
Wonderful, … Thanks for the composite picture and your pictures they show. the best way to depict the fruits. appreciate the key
ID request 241016SG : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Requesting ID of this weed, spreading, 8×12”. Photo taken on 24Oct16 at Solapur, Maharashtra.
Prostrate Herb for ID, Vikarabad, Telangana NAW-DEC18-05 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2) – around 350 kb each.
Kindly identify this prostrate herb with pink flowers photographed on fallow land near Vikarabad, Telangana in September 2018.
A Fabaceae member.
It is Indigofera linifolia of Fabaceae
I’d for this indigofera sp requested : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
I’d for this indigofera sp requested
17 October 19
Prostrate plant for ID, Ajmer, Rajasthan NAW-DEC19-01 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Kindly identify this prostrate plant with spherical fruit about 1 mm. in diameter, thin long dull green leaves and tuberous root. Photographed near Pushkar, Ajmer District, Rajasthan.
Nepali name(s) of Indigofera linifolia : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Please help with Nepali name(s) of Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz.
Distribution reference – Annotated Checklist of the Flowering Plants of Nepal
No Nepali name …
Names of Plants in India :: Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. : 2 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.
Sir, in Bengali there are also some names available for the plants such as- Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz.: মোতিহারি, , মোতাহারি, ভাঙড়া etc.
Thank you very much … for providing the additional names; will soon incorporate them into the names’s database.
Malhargad near Pune, MH :: Indigofera linifolia :: ARK2020-092 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)- around 500 kb each.
Seen this Fabaceae member at Malhargad near Pune, MH in September 2020.
Seems to be Indigofera linifolia.
Requested to kindly validate.
Yes it’s I. linifolia
Thanks … for validating.
The flower in the first pic belongs to I. linifolia but the plant behind the flower is I. cordifolia.
Need help id’ing little red legume : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Bhopal; black soil; 16/10/2020
Seen growing wild.
Could it be Indigofera linifolia?
I have only one picture.
Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz., looks like.
Some close-up and clear images of flower and leaves would have been better !
Thanks … Will remember to take more pictures when I revisit the place.
Wild Plant for ID : Nasik : 29APR21 : AK-26: 2 images.
Seen in a grassland in Nasik.
Pl. post a high resolution image to check the details.
The image of Indigofera linefolia
Please check the attached images of Alysicarpus, it seems A.viginalis for me.
Captured Srinagar Garhwal UK
Legumes looks unique ! May not be Alysicarpus vaginalis ??
Not at all Alysicarpus Genus,
Indigofera linifolia,……difficult to belive but it’s….leaves variable in this,