Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Amorpha canescens Pursh image
Photographer: Eric J. Epstein           

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

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Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

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Kurt Stüber

Kurt Stüber
Family Fabaceae
Amorpha canescens Pursh
lead-plant
Amorpha: from a Greek word amorphos signifying "deformed," an allusion to the single petal of the flower
canescens: Latin for "generally hoary or whitish" from appearance of plant due to tiny white hairs
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 8"-40" tall shrub; stems branched, spreading
Flower: purple, 5-parted, 1/4" long, stamens bright orange, only 1 petal; inflorescence 2"-6", spike-like clusters (racemes) in groups of 5-20 mostly at the ends of the stem; blooms June-July
Fruit:oblong, curved, small, hard pod with 1-2 seedsfruit drawing
Leaf:pinnately-divided into 13-20 pairs of dense, silvery leaflets, blackening when dried
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Amorpha brachycarpa E.J.Palmer
Amorpha canescens Pursh f. canescens
Amorpha canescens Pursh f. glabrata (A.Gray) Fassett
Amorpha canescens Pursh var. glabrata A.Gray

         
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