Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Baptisia alba (L.) Vent. var. macrophylla (Larisey) Isely image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Robert Bierman

Robert R. Kowal

Robert R. Kowal
Family Fabaceae
Baptisia alba (L.) Vent. var. macrophylla (Larisey) Isely
large-leaved wild indigo, milky white indigo, white wild indigo
Baptisia: from Greek baptizein, "to dye," for the use of this plant for a poor indigo dye
alba: Latin for "white"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 3'-6' tall, mostly smooth forb; stems with many branches toward the top but below the inflorescence
Flower: white, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, stalks less than 1/4" long; inflorescence a 8"-20" long, erect, spike-like cluster (raceme) with the small, deciduous leaves (bracts) below the inflorescence less than 1/2" long; blooms June-July
Fruit:brown, inflated, cylindrical, erect pod fruit drawing
Leaf:palmately-divided into 3-5 leaflets with the stipules at the base appearing as 2 additional leaflets, dries to a gray-black color
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Baptisia lactea (Raf.) Thieret var. lactea
Baptisia leucantha Torr. & A.Gray
Baptisia leucantha Torr. & A.Gray var. divaricata Larisey
Baptisia leucantha Torr. & A.Gray var. pauciflora Larisey
Baptisia pendula Larisey var. macrophylla Larisey
Dolichos lacteus Raf.

         
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