Amorpha canescens

The genus name “Amorpha” means “deformed one” and refers to this species lacking the characteristic pea-shaped flowers indicative of this family.  The species name “canescens” means “gray hair,” which refers to the downy leaves.  The name leadplant comes from the belief that lead, once sought after, could be found below the surface where this plant grows.  Not surprisingly, this is untrue.  Others claim that the name comes from the leaden (hairiness) appearance of the leaves.


Synonym:
Family:Fabaceae
Common Name:Leadplant
Authority: Pursh.
Etymology:
C Value:8
Wetness:UPL
# of Species in  
Genus in Illinois:
3
Duration:Perennial
Reproduction:Monoecious
Flower Type:Perfect
Growth Habit:Woody
Leaf Arrangement:Alternate
Leaf Type:Pinnate Compound
Leaf Margin:Entire
Leaf Toothing:
Flower Color:Purple
Habitat:
Status (State):Not Listed
Status (Federal):Not Listed
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