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 dry woodlands, on 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 alba   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-09-010:
Baptisia pendula   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Thick-pod White Wild Indigo


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JK Marlow    jkm090522_027

May    McCormick County    SC

Black fruit [when ripe] help distinguish this from look-alike B. albescens, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm090522_029

May    McCormick County    SC

Leaflets up to about 3" long and often have a milky bloom on upper surface, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1814

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

Developing fruit.

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1864

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmbalba_ec1

May        

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

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmbalba_ec2

May        

Flowers slightly more than 3/4" long (larger than those of B. albescens), per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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Steve Marlow    snm_bridge_baptisia2_226e

May    Edgefield-McCormick Counties    SC

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Bill Stringer    wcsbalba_pod

June        

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Bill Stringer    wcsbapt_alba

June        

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Bill Stringer    wcsbapt_albad

June        

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Bill Stringer    wcstrue_baptalba

June        

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

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JK Marlow    jkm081102_106

November    Columbia County    GA