Robinia hispida Linnaeus var. kelseyi (Cowell ex Hutchinson) Isely. Phen: Apr-Jul; Jul-Oct. Hab: Mountain woodlands, introduced elsewhere. Dist: Traditionally considered an endemic originally restricted to w. NC, but Cronquist (1980) and Isely & Peabody (1984) suggest that var. kelseyi may have been only of horticultural origin.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Synonymy: = K1, SE3, Isely & Peabody (1984), Peabody (1984); = n/a – C; = Robinia kelseyi Cowell ex Hutch. – G, RAB, S, Ashe (1922); < Robinia hispida L. – Pa, W; < Robinia hispida L. var. hispida – K3, K4