Milinyukuk

(MIL-in-YOO-gook)

Indigofera

Indigofera saxicola

Description

Shrub to 1.5 m high; leaves pinnate, leaflets 5-9, ovate to 30 mm long, grey-green; flowers pink-purple; fruit a pod to 4 cm long, brown. Occurs in Eucalypt savanna, often in stony areas. Flowers November-February. Fruit March-June.

Uses

The flowers are visited by native bees who collect pollen and nectar. The production of flowers signals that cockles, long bums and various other shellfish are fat and ready to eat.

(Source: Blake, N., Wightman, G., and Williams, L. 1998. Iwaidja Ethnobotany, p. 86. Darwin. NT Botanical Bulletin No. 23, Parks and Wildlife Commission, Darwin.)