Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2692

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in NC-SC Coastal Plain (uncommon to rare elsewhere), endemic

Look for it in longleaf pine savannas, loamy longleaf pine sandhills, open woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bluish-purple
5-lobed persistant calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10(9) 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 (5/21/15):
Orbexilum psoralioides   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Orbexilum pedunculatum var. psoralioides   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-19-004a:
Psoralea psoralioides var. psoralioides   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Orbexilum gracile

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Orbexilum pedunculatum var. gracile

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Sampson's Snakeroot


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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmoppsoralioides_scots1

May    Williamsburg County    SC

Flowers atop a long stalk. Leaves sparse and well-spaced on stem, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

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Will Stuart    wil_opedunculatumpsora750

May    Scotland County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Flowers pea-shaped, in dense narrow clusters that look like inverted cones, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Orbexilum psoralioides

Will Stuart    wil_opedunculatumpsora757

May    Scotland County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

image of Orbexilum psoralioides

Will Stuart    wilopedunculatumpsora750b

May    Scotland County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Flowers subtended by 6-10mm long bracts with abruptly caudate, 3-5mm long tips, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.