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  1. Indigofera_australis_fruit Fruit pod (4.5cm long) by L. von Richter
  2. Indigofera_australis_flowers Mauve/pink flower clusters (up to 15cm tall) by L. von Richter
  3. Indigofera_australis_leaves Pinnate leaves (4-10cm long) up to 25 leaflets by L. von Richter
  4. Indigofera_australis_plant Indigofera australis Willd. (up to 2.5 tall) by L. von Richter
  5. _cw_user__australian_indigo_indigofera_australis_ho_yin_matthew_yong Full flowering by ClimateWatcher Ho Yin Matthew Yong

Australian Indigo

Indigofera australis

Appearance

  • Spreading shrub
  • Size: to 2.5 m tall
  • Leaves: pinnate, 4 – 10 cm long of up to 25 leaflets
  • Flowers: mauve / pink pea shaped in clusters to 15 cm long
  • Fruit /seed: slender pod to 45 mm long, seeds black to dark brown, cube like.
 

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • Open seed pods containing seeds (record all days)
 

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them. Help scientists answer the question: "How are our animals, plants and ecosystems responding to climate change?"

When To Look

  • Flowering occurs from late winter to spring
  • Fruiting occurs afterwards from November to July 

Where To Look

  • Eucalypt forests, woodlands
  • NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, WA

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  1. Did You Know?

    Seeds are expelled from pod explosively as the pod dries and twists open. This is a useful dispersal mechanism to spead the seeds further away from the parent plant.

    Resprouts after fire