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 (rare in NC)

Look for it in sandhills, other dry woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Creamy-white
Bilaterally symmetrical
4-5 toothed or lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Legume

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Baptisia bracteata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Baptisia bracteata var. bracteata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-09-004:
Baptisia bracteata   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Creamy Wild Indigo


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picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm110415_479

April    Carroll County    GA

Plant softly pubescent. Stipules of median & lower lvs 2-4cm long, persistant, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_b_bracteata_creamy

April        

Flowers in drooping 1-sided racemes with persistent bracts, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_baptisia_bracteata_9

April        

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm100501_042

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm100501_052

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

Calyx upper lip only slightly emarginate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm100501_056

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm100501_059

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm100501_062

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm170527_070

May    McCormick County    SC

Leaflets oblanceolate to obovate or somewhat elliptic, 2-4cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm170527_073

May    McCormick County    SC

Legume's pedicels 14-18 (-30) mm long [vs. B. cinerea pedicels 2-10mm long], per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1718

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

Calyx glabrous or spreading short-pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm070609_015

June    Pickens County    SC

Flowers [& fruit] in drooping one-sided racemes, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm070609_022

June    Pickens County    SC

Leaves entire, palmately trifoliolate. Leaflets oblanceolate, to 1.5" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and palmately compound

picture of Baptisia bracteata, image of Baptisia bracteata

JK Marlow    jkm111113_395

November        SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

In winter the entire dry plant breaks loose and rolls like a tumbleweed, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.