Amorpha glabra Desf. ex Poir. - Appalachian Indigo Bush


 

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Amorpha glabra - (image 1 of 3)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Leguminosae

Habitat

Mountains.

Associates

 

Distribution

Native to AL, GA, NC, SC and TN.

Morphology

Woody shrub. Leaves pinnately compound, glabrous. Flowers in spike-like racemes; Flowers deep purple with orange anthers.

Notes

Flowers in May.

Wetland Indicator: NA

An uncommon shrub native to only five southern states. Very similar to the more common and widespread A. fruticosa which is pubescent rather than glabrous. This plant was photographed at the Morton Arboretum, so it is hardy to at least zone 5.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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