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Bruso, George H.
Amphicarpaea bracteata (L.) Fern.
USDA Symbol: ambr2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A twining vine with 2 kinds of flowers. Flowers: Those on upper branches 1/2 (1.5 cm) long, pale purple, pale pink, or lilac, in clusters hanging from leaf axils; those on lower or creeping branches inconspicuous, lacking petals.
The genus name is from the Greek amphi (of both kinds) and carpos (fruit) and refers to the two kinds of fruit. The seeds of the upper fruit are inedible, but those from the underground fruit are edible when boiled. Birds feed on the seeds of both kinds of fruit. Hogs eat the seeds of the fruit below ground, hence the plants common name.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Vine Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, NS Native Distribution:
Manitoba east to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota and Montana. Native Habitat:
Woodlands. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Larval Host: Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus), Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PA
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff