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Christmas Island Botanical Postage Stamps

Date of issue: 18 June 2013
Illustrator: Deirdre Bean
Printer: McKellar Renown

Part of a series of four flowering shrubs stamps.

Plant: Indigofera hirsuta


Hairy Indigo

This plant is an annual or short-lived perennial woody herb to 60 cm; most parts with long, very unequally 2-branched hairs.
On Christmas Island it grows among limestone pinnacles and in poor soil in disused quarries and cleared ground.
It is a widespread species in the tropics from Madagascar, SE Asia, PNG to northern Australia.


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