Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Some references have the more westerly taxon in the broad sense B. bracteata as B. bracteata var. leucophaea, meaning that they would have the eastern taxon (including NC) as B. bracteata var. bracteata. Learn more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
For an in-depth treatment, peruse A monograph of the genus Baptisia (Larisey, 1940).
INCLUDED WITHIN A monograph of the genus Baptisia (Larisey, 1940)
Baptisia leucophaea var. glabrescens
longbract wild indigo
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Look for it in pinelands and, depending on variety, woodlands or coastal prairies, per Weakley's Flora
Native: west of the Carolinas & Georgia
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Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
4-5 toothed or lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- All About South Carolina Wildflowers (Midgley, 1999) p118
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p030
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p165
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