Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in SC, rare in NC & in GA Mountains & Piedmont

Look for it in dry woodlands, pine flatwoods, roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bilaterally symmetrical
4-5 toothed or lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-09-009:
Baptisia alba   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo


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picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm060506_138

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves 3-foliolate; petioles 5-10(20)mm long, per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and palmately compound

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm060513_006

May    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Flowering pedicels 3-10mm long; calyx 4.5-6.5mm long; corolla 13-16(18)mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm090529_003

May    Pickens County    SC

Utility right-of-way

B. albescens & B. alba have been nomenclaturally confused, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmbalbescens_762

May        

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_b_albescens_3

May        

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm0406k_04

June    Oconee County    SC

Fruits cylindric, about 3x long as wide, yellowish-brown when mature, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm0406k_05

June    Oconee County    SC

Pods cylindrical, brown, not over 11mm thick, divergent to erect, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm0506h_23

June    Oconee County    SC

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm070609_026

June    Pickens County    SC

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm070609_037

June    Pickens County    SC

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_b_albescens_14

June        

Flowering pedicels subtended by caducous bracts [here already gone] 1-2mm wide, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm0507l_36

July    Oconee County    SC

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm060723_380

July    Pickens County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Fruits distinctive in being cylindric & yellowish-brown (not black), per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

Bill Stringer    wcsbaptisia_albescens

July        

picture of Baptisia alba, image of Baptisia albescens

JK Marlow    jkm0410p_17

October    Oconee County    SC