Definition of False indigo
1. Noun. Any of several plants of the genus Baptisia.
Group relationships: Baptisia, Genus Baptisia
Specialized synonyms: Baptisia Australis, Blue False Indigo, Baptisia Lactea, White False Indigo, Baptisia Tinctoria, Horsefly Weed, Indigo Broom, Rattle Weed
Generic synonyms: Ligneous Plant, Woody Plant
2. Noun. Dense shrub of moist riverbanks and flood plains of the eastern United States having attractive fragrant foliage and dense racemes of dark purple flowers.
3. Noun. An erect to spreading hairy shrub of the Pacific coast of the United States having racemes of red to indigo flowers.
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Literary usage of False indigo
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1. Botany of the United States North of Virginia: Comprising Descriptions of by Lewis Caleb Beck (1848)
"Shrubby false indigo. 11. ROBINIA. D. C— Locust. (In honor of John and Vespasian Robin, French botanists.) Teeth of the calyx 5, lanceolate, two upper ones ..."
2. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"false indigo. Baptisia tinctoria Robert Brown.— Wild Indigo. Description.—Calyx 4- to 5-toothed. Corolla : standard not longer than the wings, reflexed; ..."
3. Minnesota Plant Life by Conway MacMillan (1899)
"There are two different kinds of plants belonging to different genera, known under the general name of false indigo. Some of them are herbs with creamy or ..."
4. Bulletin by North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (Fargo) (1899)
"false indigo. Lead Plant. .Shoe-strings. A bushy shrub one to three feet high. ... Fragrant false indigo. Shrub as in last but smaller. AC Herb. ..."
5. Introduction to Botany by William Chase Stevens (1902)
"FRAGRANT false indigo. A bushy shrub, scarcely exceeding 1 foot in height, nearly glabrous. Standard purplish. Flowers fragrant; racemes mostly solitary. ..."
6. Report of the Geological Survey of Ohio by Geological Survey of Ohio (1893)
"Frequent throughout the state. LXIV. ORDER LEGUMINOSAE. Pulse Family. 299. BAPTISIA Vent. false indigo. BAPTISIA ALBA (L.) R. Br. Central Ohio, ..."