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Dalea albida

Dalea albida (Torr. & A. Gray) D.B. Ward


Fabaceae (Pea family)

Synonym(s): Dalea carnea var. albida, Petalostemon albidus

USDA Symbol: DAAL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Stems numerous, prostrate to erect, 6-10 dm long, 1.0-2.6 mm in diameter, usually subtended by three ribs." (reslit: 2887). "Variable in habit and vigor, the stems mostly 4-8 (10) dm long, erect and virgate-paniculate to diffuse-decumbent." (bibref: 1812)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: "Stems... prostrate to erect, 6-10 dm long. (reslit: 2887)."
Leaf: "Leaf rachls 7-22 mm In length, extension beyond the terminal pair of leaflets less than 0.8 mm; leaflets 3-7, commonly involute, 5-12 mm in length, 0.9-2.0 mm wide, usually about six times as long as wide." (reslit: 2887). "Primary leaves 1.5-4 cm long, mostly 5-foliolate." (bibref: 1812).
Flower: "Peduncles 5-120 mm in length with pronounced glands at the apex; peduncular bracts to 5.5 mm in length. Spikes columnar, 8-22 mm long, 6-9 mm in width. Bracts equalling or exceeding the calyx lobes at anthesis, lanceolate, usually with straight tips, the base flanked by subulate bracteoles. Calyx tubular, glabrous except for inner surfaces of the lobes, entire calyx 2.7-4.0 mm long, the tube 2.1-3.0 mm long and the ventral lobe 0.5-1.1 mm long. Corolla white; standard with claw 2-3 times as thick as apical petal claws, blade wider than apical petal blades, 1.2-2.9 mm wide; apical petals with blades 1.8-3.3 mm long, claws 1.0-1.9 mm long; claws about one-half the length of the blade. Androecial tube seldom exserted beyond lobes, anthers yellow, usually equalling the petal apices following anthesis. Ovary always more or less bearded, the style bearded proximally from one-third to more than one-half its length." (reslit: 2887). "Spikes 0.7-2 cm long, 7-9 mm diam; calyx 2.9-3.5 mm, its tube 2.1-2.4 mm, and teeth 0.6-1.1 mm long; petals as Dalea carnea var. carnea but white, sometimes a trifle smaller." (bibref: 1812).
Fruit: "Pod over 2 mm long, pubescent." (bibref: 1238).

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: "Petals white." (bibref: 1812).


Native Distribution: "Coastal plain, Florida, Alabama and Georgia. " (bibref: 1238).
Native Habitat: "Dry sand and pinelands." (bibref: 1238).

Research Literature

Reslit 2888 - The genus Dalea (Fabaceae) in Alabama (2013) Woods, M. and W.S. Hughes

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Dalea albida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dalea albida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dalea albida


Record Modified: 2020-12-07
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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