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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Baptisia albescens

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Baptisia albescens

 

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


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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.

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm090529_003

May    Pickens County    SC

Utility right-of-way

B. albescens & B. alba have been nomenclaturally confused, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0138

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_b_albescens_3

May        

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm0406k_04

June    Oconee County    SC

Fruits unlike our other species in being cylindric, ~ 3x long as wide, yellowish-brown when mature, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

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.

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm0506h_23

June    Oconee County    SC

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm070609_026

June    Pickens County    SC

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm070609_037

June    Pickens County    SC

The pods of B. albescens are erect, whereas those of B. alba are drooping, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm210603_1020

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm210603_1025

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm210605_1051

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

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


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image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

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.

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm0507l_36

July    Oconee County    SC

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

Bill Stringer    wcsbaptisia_albescens

July        

image of Baptisia albescens, Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm0410p_17

October    Oconee County    SC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Baptisia albescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Baptisia albescens

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Baptisia albescens

 

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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Uncommon (rare in GA & NC Mountains) (rare in GA Piedmont)

Habitat: Dry woodlands, pine flatwoods, roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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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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