Hoffmannseggia glauca [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Hoffmannseggia glauca USDA PLANTS Symbol HOGL2
Common Name Indian Rush-pea, Sickle-pod Rush-pea, Hog-potato ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503048
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy and alkaline soils in open areas, disturbed sites, roadsides and edges of cultivated fields.
Plant: Erect perennial 6 to 12 inches tall; usually several stems with occasional stalked reddish glands and sparse, short white hairs.
Leaves: Bi-pinnately-compound leaves, 2 to 5 inches long divided into 5 to 11 pinnae that are further divided into 5 to 11 pairs of small oblong to ovate leaflets, 1/8 to less than 1/3-inch long; leaflet surfaces are usually smooth; petiole and rachis are glandular.
Inflorescence: Terminal racemes of flowers not quite radially symmetric with a gap between the 2 lowest petals; yellow petals fading to reddish, 3/8-inch long, the narrow basal portion lined with red stalked glands; glandular and pubescent stamens shorter than petals; 5 linear to linear-oblong glandular-pubescent sepals about 0.3 inches long.
Bloom Period: March to September.
Fruit: Sickle-shaped pods 3/4 to 1-5/8 inches long and less than 1/3-inch wide, may be smooth, glandular or pubescent.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet and Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses.
Note: Considered a noxious weed in some states. Named for Johann Centurius von Hoffmannsegg, 1766-1849, Count of Hoffmannsegg, Germany.
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