Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1338

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in dry woodlands and forests, esp sandhills, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnately compound (evenly): 6-16 pinnae, each with 20-32 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pink (with pink filaments)
5-parted calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
Usually 10 long-exserted 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 (5/21/15):
Mimosa microphylla   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Mimosa microphylla   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-02-001:
Schrankia microphylla   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Mimosa quadrivalvis var. angustata

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Leptoglottis microphylla

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Sensitive-briar


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_momi3_001_lvd

        

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Roxanna Martin    rlm52911_134

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0506q_04

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_280

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets asymmetric, 20-32 per pinna, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_282

June    Greenville County    SC

The tiny flowers are borne in a round, powder-puff-shaped cluster, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm61210_198

June    Spartanburg County    SC

The flower heads are pedunculate, globose, and about 2cm in diameter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_m_microphylla

June        

Each flower in this head has a small 5-lobed corolla & 10 long pink stamens, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm060704_007

July    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Plant typically with numerous prickles, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120704_450

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm120727_884

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Fruits are conspicuously prickly, quadrangular, dehiscent legumes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm120727_886

July    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120727_895

July    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180716_3414

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180731_3622

July    Greenville County    SC

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Tim Spira    tpssmicrophylla

Month Unknown        

Bipinnate leaves with tiny leaflets that close when touched, per Weakley's Flora.


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