Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon in SC, rare in NC & in GA Mountains & Piedmont

Look for it in dry woodlands, pine flatwoods, roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bilaterally symmetrical
4-5 toothed or lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 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 (11/30/12):
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-09-009:
Baptisia alba   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo


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JK Marlow    jkm060506_138

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves 3-foliolate; petioles 5-10(20)mm long, per Weakley's Flora.


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JK Marlow    jkm060513_006

May    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Flowering pedicels 3-10mm long; calyx 4.5-6.5mm long; corolla 13-16(18)mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm090529_003

May    Pickens County    SC

Utility right-of-way

B. albescens & B. alba have been nomenclaturally confused, per Weakley's Flora.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmbalbescens_762

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_b_albescens_3

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0406k_04

June    Oconee County    SC

Fruits cylindric, about 3x long as wide, yellowish-brown when mature, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0406k_05

June    Oconee County    SC

Pods cylindrical, brown, not over 11mm thick, divergent to erect, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506h_23

June    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm070609_026

June    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm070609_037

June    Pickens County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_b_albescens_14

June        

Flowering pedicels subtended by caducous bracts [here already gone] 1-2mm wide, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0507l_36

July    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm060723_380

July    Pickens County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Fruits distinctive in being cylindric & yellowish-brown (not black), per Weakley's Flora.

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Bill Stringer    wcsbaptisia_albescens

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm0410p_17

October    Oconee County    SC