Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1252

Tree
Perennial

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

Common. Native in s. & c. Appalachians, from PA to GA-AL, now more widespread

Look for it in forests, woodlands, disturbed areas, roadcuts, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 7-19 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White (with a yellow spot on the standard)
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Robinia pseudoacacia   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Robinia pseudoacacia   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-32-001:
Robinia pseudo-acacia   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Black Locust


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_rops_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_rops_004_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_rops_005_lhd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0402c_13

February    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Bark gray to light brown and deeply furrowed, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0304v_08

April    Rutherford County    NC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0404zc_21

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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Roxanna Martin    rlm41711_38

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Petals white except for the yellow patch on standard, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm42110_024

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Fragrant white flowers appear after leaves & dangle in racemes 4-6" long, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    s040429_c

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaflets 7-19, elliptic to oblong-ovate or ovate, 2-5cm long, 1-2cm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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JK Marlow    jkm0305n_28

May    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

Black Locust is the most likely tree-sized Robinia to be encountered, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0305n_31

May    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0405p_20

May    Polk County    NC

Roadside

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_pseudoacacia_c

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0407g_21

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Spines often present, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm0507e_21

July    Fayette County    WV

Hawks Nest State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm060712_024

July    Raleigh County    WV

Grandview State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm070715_007

July    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm140704_679

July    Jackson County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm140816_635

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_pseudoacacia_2

August