Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA, uncommon in SC Piedmont)

Look for it on roadbanks, in woodland borders, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 11-19 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pink/Rose/Lilac
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-toothed campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Securigera varia   FAMILY Fabaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Securigera varia   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-22-001:
Coronilla varia   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Coronilla varia

 

COMMON NAME:
Crown-vetch


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picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cova2_001_lvd

        

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm120526_562

May    Spartanburg County    SC

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm120526_562b

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Calyx glabrous, upper 2 lobes more or less united, lower 3 lobes separate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm120526_566

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves odd-pinnate with from 9 to many more oblong leaflets 1/2-3/4" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm0307d_21

July    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Long-stalked umbels arise singly from numerous leaf axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm0407k_06

July    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm160702_128

July    Jackson County    NC

Pea-like flowers are borne in dense umbels of 10-20 flowers, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm160702_129

July    Jackson County    NC

picture of Coronilla varia, image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm160702_130

July    Jackson County    NC