Amorpha fruticosa [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Amorpha fruticosa USDA PLANTS Symbol AMFR
Common Name False Indigo Bush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 25368
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Moist areas in canyons and along streambanks.
Plant: Open shrub 4 to 8 feet tall, several small trunks.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves 2-1/2 to 8 inches long with 9 to 30 oblong-elliptical leaflets with rounded tips, about 5/8 to 1-1/4 inches long; upper surface dark green, lower paler.
Inflorescence: Many small flowers along the length of 4 to 6 inch spikes, with single dark purple petals and protruding stamens with purplish filaments and yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: April.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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