Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1251

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas?

Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare

Look for it in mountain woodlands, and introduced elsewhere, per Weakley's Flora

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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stems of juvenile plants usually armed with paired stipular or nodal spines

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 9-13 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
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):
Robinia hispida var. kelseyi   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Robinia hispida var. kelseyi   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-32-008:
Robinia kelseyi   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Kelsey's Locust


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image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

Ron Lance    rwl_kelseyi_2

April        

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm200522_5099

May    Transylvania County    NC

Stipular spines slender and weak, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm200522_5102

May    Transylvania County    NC

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm200522_5106

May    Transylvania County    NC

Extrafloral nectaries can be found near Robinia's stipular spines, per Many Plants Have Extrafloral Nectaries Helpful to Beneficials (Mizell, 2001) .

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm200522_5125

May    Transylvania County    NC

Twigs glabrous or with a few bristles, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

Ron Lance    rwl_kelseyi_1

May        

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm090607_108

June    Transylvania County    NC

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm090607_113

June    Transylvania County    NC

Racemes to 1dm long, 5-8 flowered, with glandular-hirsute rachis, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm090607_118

June    Transylvania County    NC

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm090607_120

June    Transylvania County    NC


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE flowers of pink-flowering Locust species

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm090607_127

June    Transylvania County    NC

image of Robinia hispida var. kelseyi, Kelsey's Locust

JK Marlow    jkm090607_130

June    Transylvania County    NC

Leaflets 9-13, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Locust species