Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in NC, rare GA-SC, endemic to S. Appalachian mtns (& nearby provinces)

Look for it in dry to dry-mesic ridgetop and slope forests, primarily in the Blue Ridge escarpment, per Weakley's Flora

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...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 11-19 leaflets, usually
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bright purple
Usually bisexual
5-lobed calyx
1 petal
10 stamens
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):
Amorpha glabra   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Amorpha glabra   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-18-004:
Amorpha glabra   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo


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image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm090425_036

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm110507_288

May    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Calyx lobes obolete or nearly so or weakly undulate, longest usually < 0.6mm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm110507_290

May    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm200508_4723

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Flowers borne in dense erect terminal racemes, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm200508_4725

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm200508_4727

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Petioles typically much exceeding the width of the lowest leaflet, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

Ron Lance    rwl73_a

May        

Leaves mostly with 11-19 leaflets, each gland-tipped, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

Ron Lance    rwl73_a2

May        

1-4 terminal racemes, (5)10-28cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm090726_149

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Amorpha glabra, Mountain Indigo-bush, Appalachian Indigo-bush, Mountain Indigo, Mountain False Indigo

JK Marlow    jkm090726_153

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Midvein of leaflet terminating in a globose glandular tip, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.