Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2833

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain) (rare in GA)

Look for it in forests, woodlands, streambanks, rocky slopes & bluffs, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: (7)13-31 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Greenish-white/ Creamy-yellow
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate-to-cylindric calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, usually diadelphous, 9 and 1
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):
Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-35-002:
Astragalus canadensis   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Canada Milkvetch


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image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asca29_001_lvd

        

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_canadensis_14

June        

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_canadensis_14b

June        

Flowers yellowish-white, 1/2" long, and slender (the standard is narrow), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

Ron Lance    rwl_20180720_103907716

July    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

Ron Lance    rwl_20180720_104315693hdr

July    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_canadensis_cana_648

July    Iredell County    NC

Pods are numerous, crowded, erect, from 0.4-0.6" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_canadensis_cana_654

July    Iredell County    NC

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_canadensis_cana_661

July    Iredell County    NC

The somewhat reflexed flowers are in long-peduncled axillary racemes, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4250

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4251b

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Stems glabrous to sparsely strigillose, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4253

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

The 15-31 leaflets are oblong and up to 2" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE pinnately compound leaves of forbs

image of Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4273

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve