Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4307

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in GA, rare in NC-SC, endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in Sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Palmately compound: (3)5-7 leaflets
Mostly alternate

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes slender, elongate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bluish-violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed persistant calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10(9) stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in loose, few-flowered racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Orbexilum lupinellus   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Orbexilum lupinellum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-19-001:
Psoralea lupinellus   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Rhytidomene lupinellus

 

COMMON NAME:
Lupine Scurfpea, Sandhill Scurfpea


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image of Orbexilum lupinellus, Lupine Scurfpea, Sandhill Scurfpea

Will Stuart    wil_o_lupinellum_0503

May    Chesterfield    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Palmately 5-7-foliolate leaves w "oblinear" leaflets make this unmistakable, per Weakley's Flora (2018).

image of Orbexilum lupinellus, Lupine Scurfpea, Sandhill Scurfpea

Will Stuart    wil_o_lupinellum_0580

May    Chesterfield    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Plant habit, open, spreading, 15-30 cm tall, with distinctive slender leaves. — Will Stuart

image of Orbexilum lupinellus, Lupine Scurfpea, Sandhill Scurfpea

Will Stuart    wil_o_lupinellum_3979

June    Chesterfield    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Pea-shaped flowers grow terminally in small clusters atop a stalk, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.