Baptisia

Title: Baptisia
Additional Names: Wild indigo; indigo weed; false indigo; yellow indigo
Literature References: Perennial herb. Habit. North America. Medicinal baptisia, from root of Baptisia tinctoria R. Br., Leguminosae. Constit. Baptin¾a purgative glucoside, baptisin¾a bitter glucoside, baptitoxine (identical with cytisine), an alkaloid. Also contains a blue dye which has been used as a substitute for indigo.
Therap-Cat: Anti-infective.
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Baptisia
Baptisia australis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Thermopsideae
Genus: Baptisia
Vent.
Species

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Baptisia (false indigo, wild indigo) is a genus of about 35[1] species in the legume family, Fabaceae. They are flowering herbaceous perennial plants with pea-like flowers, followed by pods, which are sometimes inflated. They are native to woodland and grassland in eastern and southern North America. The species most commonly found in cultivation is B. australis.[2]

Baptisia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including the jaguar flower moth, Schinia jaguarina.