Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

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

Uncommon in NC, rare GA-SC, endemic to S. Appalachian mtns (& nearby provinces)

Look for it in dry to dry-mesic ridgetop and slope forests, primarily in the Blue Ridge escarpment, per Weakley's Flora

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...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 11-19 leaflets, usually
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bright purple
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 glabra   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Amorpha glabra   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-18-004:
Amorpha glabra   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo


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image of Amorpha glabra

JK Marlow    jkm090425_036

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

image of Amorpha glabra

JK Marlow    jkm110507_288

May    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Calyx lobes obolete or nearly so or weakly undulate, longest usually < 0.6mm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amorpha glabra

JK Marlow    jkm110507_290

May    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Flowers borne in dense erect terminal racemes, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Amorpha glabra

JK Marlow    jkm110507_294

May    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Petioles typically much exceeding the width of the lowest leaflet, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amorpha glabra

Ron Lance    rwl73_a

May        

Leaves mostly with 11-19 leaflets, each gland-tipped, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Amorpha glabra

Ron Lance    rwl73_a2

May        

1-4 terminal racemes, (5)10-28cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amorpha glabra

JK Marlow    jkm090726_149

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Amorpha glabra

JK Marlow    jkm090726_153

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Midvein of leaflet terminating in a globose glandular tip, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amorpha glabra

JK Marlow    jkm090726_162

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway