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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image of Securigera varia

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

        

image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm120526_562

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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.

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

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.

image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm0407k_06

July    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

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.

image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm160702_129

July    Jackson County    NC

image of Securigera varia

JK Marlow    jkm160702_130

July    Jackson County    NC