Indigofera exilis Grierson & D.G.Long (syn: Indigofera leptostachya sensu Baker (misapplied));

Native: Bhutan; India (Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Dadra-Nagar-Haveli, Daman, Delhi, Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Pondicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal); Nepal

Indigofera exilis is a perennial shrub which occurs in forests and is also found in secondary grassland communities in the cloud forest belt of the Lower Langtang Valley, Nepal.
Citation: Lopez Poveda, L. 2012. Indigofera exilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T19891422A20083506.…….. Downloaded on 21 November 2015.

Images by Ashwini Bhatia (Validation by Devender Singh Meena) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)


Indigofera exilis ABJUN01/06 : 5 posts by 2 authors. 6 images.

These shrubs have been flowering for about a month now. Please advise if I am misidentifying it.
Indigofera exilis—Slender Indigo
Near Dal Lake, Dharamshala, HP
25 June 2016

I like your macros very much.

Yes, this is Indigofera exilis

I found seedpods a couple of days back on the same plant and thought of sharing them here. 2 images.

Thanks … I am always happy to find seedpods to add to the set and to understand more.

SK64AUG6-2016:ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Sharing some pictures for identification shot at Kakani, Nepal on 28 July 2016 at 6000 ft.

Check for comparative images of Indigofera ?

Looks like it matches with Indigofera exilis.

Any further validation?

Images by Anurag Sharma (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 

ANJUN42/43 Indigofera sp. for identification 2 (Churdhar Trip 42) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Family: Fabaceae
Date: 24th May 2015
Place: Renuka Ji-Haripurdhar Route, Himachal Pradesh

Habit: Shrub
Altitude: 1200-1400 metres above sea level

I think close to images at Indigofera exilis Grierson & D.G.Long

SK812 19 OCT-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location:  Deurali, Dolkha, Nepal
Date: 6 September 2017
Elevation : 7700 ft.
Fabaceae ..???

Pl. check comparative images at /species/a—l/f/fabaceae/indigofera

Pl. check with images at Indigofera exilis Grierson & D.G.Long

Looks like matching but I do not have idea about the minimum height of the plant. This plant was something like matted on the ground with hardly 5/6 inches height !

Images by Alok Mahendroo (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


Kalatope id Al241211 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Another flower from my jumbled folders…

Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mts

Habitat wild
HAbit Shrub
Height 3 feet

Season September

Perhaps Indigofera heterantha

Sir but the Indigofera heterantha from Pangi looks different.. The link
for that is – efi thread
could this be Indigofera exilis


SK1336 31 JUL 2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 600 kb each.
Location: Kakani,  Nepal
Altitude :6600 ft.
Date: 20 June 2018
Habit : Wild
Indigofera heterantha Brandis ???

I think close to images at Indigofera exilis Grierson & D.G.Long rather than those at Indigofera heterantha Brandis 

SK2052 16 July 2019 : 10 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)- around 700 kb each.
Location:  Phulchoki, Lalitpur 
Date:  3 July 2019
Elevation:  2207 m.
Habit : Wild
Which Leguminosae ?

Pl. check comparative images at Indigofera

Plant is hardly 30 cm. in height and spreading to floor which does not look like matching with characteristic descriptions of the both.

What about leaves, corolla and calyx?

On checking, these seem to be young plants and may get bigger an bushy with time. So Pl. check

Would like to go with Indigofera exilis



Indigofera exilis Grierson & D.G.Long : 6 posts by 1 author. 6 images- 7 mb each.
Location: Latha Bhanjyang, Phulchoki
Date: 20 June 2020
Elevation: 2162 m.
Habitat: Wild


SK 2989 September 2021: 7 very high res. images.
Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude: 1900 m.
Date: 14 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Indigofera heterantha Wall. ex Brandis ??

Looks different from images at Indigofera heterantha
I think it is Indigofera exilis as per images and details herein.

Does it look OK with flowersofindia

Yes. although images at FOI are not clear.


SK 3010 03 October 2021: 6 very high res. images.
Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude: 1465 m.
Date: 16 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Indigofera …. ????

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


Indigofera heterantha Wall. ex Brandis: 5 high res. images.

Location: Rupugha, Lukum, Rukum West, Nepal 
Date: 31 May 2023
Elevation: 2300 m.
Habit : Wild

To me appears more closer to images at

Pl. check.

Looks good.





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