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Indigofera cuspidata Peter G.Wilson & Rowe

Nuytsia 25:261, 263, Fig. 3 (2015)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Dense shrub, 1-2 m high. Fl. pink. Red shale. Near narrow creek.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 6 February 2001

Scientific Description

Genus Indigofera. Form erect. Habit shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems Indumentum glabrous, Pustules or glands absent, Striation (stems ribbed) not striate, Cross section terete, Spiny on any part of plant not spiny. Leaves or phylloclades Presence clearly present, Position alternate, Leaves compound, Leaves or phylloclade continuous with stem not continuous with stem, Cross section of leaf or leaflet flat with flat margins, Margins of leaf or leaflet entire, Tuberculate tubercles absent, Pustules or glands absent. Length Leaf length 25-30. Width (entire leaves only) Leaf width NaN (?). Scale leaves length mm long NaN (?). Leaflets Number more than three, Number of leaflets (if more than three) 5-9, Arrangement pinnately arranged. Terminal leaflet Presence present, Stalk stalked. Indumentum Presence hairy, Type simple. Stipules Presence present and persistent to older leaves, Glands without glands, Ribs ribless. Length Stipule length 2.8. Bracteoles Presence present but early deciduous, Indumentum hairy (?) or glabrous (?), Striation striate (?) or not striate (?). Length Bracteole length NaN (?). Pedicel Presence present, Indumentum hairy. Length Pedicel length 0.5-2. Calyx Pustules or glands absent, Ribs ribless, Enlarged in fruit not accrescent. Length Calyx length 2-3. Indumentum Presence hairy, Type with simple hairs. Corolla Colour patterning uniformly coloured, Colour (when uniformly coloured) pink, Petal claws ( the narrow base of the petals absent. Length Corolla length NaN (?). Indumentum Presence present. Standard Indumentum hairy at least in part, Auricles not auriculate. Length Standard length 8-9. Wings Auricles auriculate (?) or not auriculate (?). Length Wing length 7-8. Keel Auricles not auriculate, Indumentum hairy at least in part, Beak not beaked. Length Keel length 8-8.5. Stamens Number ten. Anthers anther length NaN (?), Position at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short). Filaments Fusion united in an open sheath with one free stamen. Length Filament length 5-6. Ovary Placement stipitate. Indumentum Presence hairy or glandular. Style Indumentum hairy or glandular towards the base (?) or glabrous (?), Bearded ( with a tuft of hairs at apex ) bearded (with a tuft of hairs at apex) (?) or not bearded (?), Apex terete (?) or flattened at apex (?). Length Style length NaN (?). Fruit Type dehiscent (a pod or follicle), Constriction not constricted between the seeds, Compression round in cross-section, Placement sessile or subsessile, Beak not beaked. Length Fruit length NaN (?). Width Fruit width NaN (?). Indumentum Presence hairy (?) or glabrous (?), Indumentum type with simple hairs (?) or with glandular hairs (?). Flowering time May or June. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Pilbara or Gascoyne.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 17 April 2024


IBRA Regions
Gascoyne, Pilbara.
IBRA Subregions
Ashburton, Hamersley.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Ashburton, Meekatharra, Upper Gascoyne.