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Threatened species

Bailey's Indigo - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Indigofera baileyi
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 06 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 21 Nov 2018


Bailey's Indigo is an upright perennial herb to 0.4 m high with a woody rootstock and young hairy stems that are green to brown in colour. Leaves are 2.5-7.5 cm long and divided into 7-15 leaflets which are 4-19 mm long and 2-10 mm wide. Flower spikes are 11-17 cm long with pink to purple flowers, longer than leaves. Seed pods are 14-29 mm long, smooth and contain several seeds.


Bailey's Indigo occurs in Queensland and reaches its southern limit in NSW. It is restricted to the far north-east corner of the State, north of a line between the lower Clarence Valley and Inverell. It is known from only five locations across two limited areas in the eastern fall, and also around Inverell and Ashford in the western inland slopes.

Habitat and ecology

  • Open woodlands on loam and clay loam soils, typically from granite or basalt, but also from sediments in the Clarence lowlands.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarInverell Basalts Known None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None