Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2307

Shrub
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Mountains & NC Piedmont)

Look for it in pine savannas, pine flatwoods, sandhills, other open forests and disturbed sites, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 11-37 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue-violet/ Whitish
Usually bisexual
5-lobed calyx
1 petal
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):
Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-18-001:
Amorpha herbacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Leadplant, Dwarf Indigo-bush


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picture of Amorpha herbacea, image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

Will Stuart    wil_14161469969

June    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

picture of Amorpha herbacea, image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

Bill Stringer    wcslamorpha_herbacea

July        

Petiole usually shorter than the width of the lowermost leaflet, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Amorpha herbacea, image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

Bill Stringer    wcslamorpha_herbaceab

July        

Leaves can be to about 1' long w up to about 45 leaflets, each 1/2-1" long, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Amorpha herbacea, image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

Bill Stringer    wcsleadplant_spike

July        

Flowers are borne in clusters of conspicuous slender 4-12" racemes, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Amorpha herbacea, image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

Bill Stringer    wcsleadplant_spikeb

July        

picture of Amorpha herbacea, image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

JK Marlow    jkm071028_088

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

picture of Amorpha herbacea, image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

JK Marlow    jkm071028_092

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

Legume pustulate-glandular, densely to moderately short-pubescent, 4-6mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.