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The genus Dalea (Fabaceae) in Alabama

Author(s): Woods, M. and W.S. Hughes

Month: 5
Year: 2013

Publication Type: Journal article
Journal: Phytoneuron
Volume: 30
Pages: 1-12

Article Topic(s): Dalea,Fabaceae,floristics,legumes,systematics,Alabama
Location: Alabama

Species Referenced: Dalea albida (Whitetassels), Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (Purple prairie clover), Dalea candida (White prairie clover), Dalea gattingeri (Purpletassels), Dalea mountjoyae (Sprawling whitetassels), Dalea foliosa (Leafy prairie clover), Dalea cahaba (Cahaba prairie clover), Dalea pinnata var. trifoliata (Trifoliate summer farewell),


The primary objectives of this project were to determine which species of Dalea (Fabaceae) occur in Alabama and to report the county distribution of each. Dalea, known commonly as prairie clover, is recognized as including eight taxa in Alabama. The most common species are Dalea pinnata var. triloba, D. purpurea var. purpurea, and D. candida. The less common species are D. albida, D. gattingeri, D. mountjoyae, D. foliosa and D. cahaba. The dichotomous key and descriptions we present are modifications from earlier authors; however, all measurements are based on morphological features of the vegetative and reproductive structures of the more than 300 Alabama specimens studied during this project. Data for the county-level distribution maps were compiled entirely from herbarium vouchers.

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Woods, M. and W.S. Hughes. 2013. The genus Dalea (Fabaceae) in Alabama. Phytoneuron 2013-n: 112. Published 2 May 2013. ISSN 2153 733X

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