Carolinas and Georgia

1509

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Thermopsis villosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thermopsis villosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-10-001:
Thermopsis villosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Aaron's Rod, Blue Ridge Golden-banner, Hairy Bush Pea


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Look for it in floodplains, mesic disturbed areas, woodland edges, roadbanks. It is generally found in disturbed sites, its natural habitat somewhat of a mystery, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare, endemic to the southern Blue Ridge (elsewhere escaped from cultivation)

 

full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate
Margins entire
Stipules of midstem leaves foliaceous, slightly clasping
No stipels

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate persistent calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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Thermopsis villosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

Aaron's Rod, Blue Ridge Golden-banner, Hairy Bush Pea