Wild Indigo grows as common wasteland weed. In many parts it is under cultivation as green manure crop. Its is a plant of the genus Tephrosia having pinnate leaves and white or purplish flowers and flat hairy pods. This plant contains a mild toxin called tephrosin which chemically stuns fish but does not effect mammals.
Botanical Name : Tephrosia Purpurea
Hindi Name -Saraphonkha
English Name - Wild Indigo , Purple tephrosia ,Fish Poison, Wild Indigo
Telugu Name -Vempali chettu
Bengali Name - Ban Neela
Marathi Name - Unhali
Gujrati Name - Sarpankho