What is Indigofera?
Indigofera is part of the botanical name for a plant,
it refers to a genus that is often distinguished by it's pink or purple flowers.
The word Indigofera is derived from Latin with indicum referring to blue dye from India,
and ferax meaning fertile or fruit bearing.
Indigofera Flower Facts
A genus is part of the botanical, taxonomic naming system of plants.
The Indigofera plant species is native to Australia.
- Indigofera belongs to the family of plants known as fabaceae, and you may be familiar with these, often referred to as pea flowers they are found around the world as an ornamental plant and wildflowers.
- The Indigofera genus contains species that could be considered a herb while others develop into small trees.
- Some species of the Indigofera genus are actually used to make blue dyes.
- There are about 700 species in the Indigofera genus around the world, with 30 species inhabiting Australia, and 27 species occurring in the Top End.
- Indigofera flowers are not always purple.
- The Indigofera genus is mostly deciduous.
- The leaves are pinnate, separated into 5-31 smaller leaflets.
- Their flowers are produced in racemes, on mass on a single stalk.
- Indigofera species have many different uses by many different people around the world in such uses as toothbrushes, to the treatment of head aches and snake bites.
- Some species are regarded as horse poison and are known to cause weakness, weight loss and progressive un-coordination. It is unknown how this poisoning actually occurs.
- Indigofera species are important to Butterflies who use the plant as a food source for their larvae.
- The botanical names of plants are to be written in italic that is why, in this case, there is an italic typeface on the word Indigofera.