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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image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

Will Stuart    wil_14161469969

June    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

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.

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.

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.

image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

Bill Stringer    wcsleadplant_spikeb

July        

image of Amorpha herbacea var. herbacea

JK Marlow    jkm071028_088

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

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.