Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2752

Forb
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare, apparently endemic to the lower Piedmont of c. SC & e. GA

Look for it in open, rocky woodlands in the lower Piedmont, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3(5) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Cream with a purplish tinge
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
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):
Pediomelum piedmontanum   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Piedmont Buckroot, Dixie Mountain Breadroot


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JK Marlow    jkm151017_486

October    Columbia County    GA

Leaflets > 2x long as wide. Lf stalks shorter than leaflet stalks or lacking, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

image of Pediomelum piedmontanum

JK Marlow    jkm151017_489

October    Columbia County    GA

image of Pediomelum piedmontanum

JK Marlow    jkm081102_014

November    Columbia County    GA

Seed compressed but not flattened, nearly smooth, gray-brown, per A New Species of Pediomelum (Fabaceae) from the Lower Piedmont Plateau of Georgia & SC. Sida (Allison, Morris, & Egan 2006).

image of Pediomelum piedmontanum

JK Marlow    jkm081102_019

November    Columbia County    GA

Perennial herb up to 3' tall with erect branching stems, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

image of Pediomelum piedmontanum

JK Marlow    jkm081102_020

November    Columbia County    GA

Petiolules 1.8-3mm, per Weakley's Flora.