Dalea candida Willd. - White Prairie Clover


 

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Dalea candida - (image 1 of 2)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Fabaceae

Habitat

Dry and mesic prairies. Sandy prairies.

Associates

Amorpha canescens, Andropogon gerardii, Andropogon scoparius, Anemone cylindrica, Bouteloua curtipendula, Coreopsis palmata, Dodecatheon meadia, Eryngium yuccifolium, Liatris spicata, Lithospermum canescens, Monarda fistulosa, Petalostemum purpureum, Phlox pilosa, Pycnanthemum virginianum, Ratibida pinnata, Silphium integrifolium, Sorghastrum nutans, Sporobolis heterolepis, Stipa spartea. In sand prairies also found with Euphorbia corollata, Helianthus mollis, Helianthus occidentalis, Lespedeza capitata, Liatris aspera, Tradescantia ohiensis.

Distribution

WI and IN south to TN and AL, west to Alberta, AZ, and northern Mexico.

Morphology

Perennial to 1 m. Leaves pinnate compound, with less than 5 pairs of leaflets; leaflets usually more than 2mm wide. Flowers white in cylindrical heads 1.5-6 cm long; calyx and bracts glabrous or glabrate.

Notes

Flowers late June to early October

Wetland indicator: Upland

Often found growing with purple prairie clover.

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

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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