Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1508

Forb
Perennial

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

Rare, endemic to the lower elevations & periphery of the Southern Appalachians

Look for it on dry slopes and ridges, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate persistent calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Legume

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thermopsis mollis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-10-002:
Thermopsis mollis   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Golden-banner, Bush Pea


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JK Marlow    jkm090425_059

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090425_060

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090425_061

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090425_061b

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

Leaves have narrow stipules that do not clasp the stem, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


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JK Marlow    jkm090425_068

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090425_068b

April    Pickens County    

Nine Times Preserve

Calyx pubescent, the lobes 2-2.5mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm090425_076

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtmollis_poecr

April    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

Pedicels shorter than the bracts, per Weakley's Flora.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtmollis_0

April-May?        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtmollis_2

April-May?        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_thermopsis_mollis_3

May