Queensland Native Seeds

Indigofera pratensis

Scientific NameIndigofera pratensis
CategoriesNitrogen FixerShrub
Common Name(s)Forest Indigo
FamilyFabaceae, Subfamily Faboideae


"Perennial, ascending up to ca 60cm tall,with pale sparse to dense appressed hairs. Leaflets 13-21,..." (Stanley, T.D. and Ross, E.M., 1983)


Indigofera pratensis has exellent potential for rehabilitation works. Like other Indigofera species, its seed is forgiving to work with being easy to spread and having long viability. The distribution of the taxon covers large areas where rehabilitation works could take place and this includes Central Queensland mining areas and busy coastal areas. The nitrogen fixing properties of the plant will also attract interest where the building of soil fertility is an aim.

Historical Notes


Indigofera pratensis is found in coastal and inland areas of Queensland. It may occur as far as 600km west of the coastline in southern areas however it also occurs right across northern Queensland, northern parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Distribution Map | Indigofera pratensis | Queensland Native Seeds

Indigofera pratensis | habit, habitat | Queensland Native Seeds
Indigofera pratensis | microscope | Queensland Native Seeds

References and Related Links

Stanley, T.D. and Ross, E.M. (1983). Flora of south-eastern Queensland, Vol. 1, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.