Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Baptisia albescens Small. Narrow-pod White Wild Indigo, Spiked Wild Indigo. Phen: May-Jul; Jun-Oct. Hab: Dry woodlands, pine flatwoods, roadsides. Dist: Se. VA south through NC, SC, and GA to n. FL, e. AL and e. TN.

ID notes: The fruits are unlike any of our other species in being cylindric, about 3× as long as the diameter, and yellowish-brown (rather than black) when mature.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = Fl3, K1, K3, K4, S, SE3, Tn, Va, WH3, Isely (1998); = Baptisia alba – C, F, G, RAB, W, Isely (1981), Mendenhall (1994a), Mendenhall (1994b), Turner (2006a), misapplied; > Baptisia alba – Larisey (1940a); > Baptisia albescens – Larisey (1940a)

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