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Dalea mountjoyae

Dalea mountjoyae M. Woods

Sprawling Whitetassels, Whitetassels

Fabaceae (Pea family)

Synonym(s): Dalea carnea var. gracilis, Dalea gracilis, Petalostemon gracilis

USDA Symbol: DAMO4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Perennial from a taproot. The stems are spreading to decumbent, often hidden by associated vegetation. The stems are green in color, glabrous, and branched below the middle. Leaves are alternate, petiolate, odd-pinnate, with 5-7 leaflets. The leaves are small and widely spaced along the stem. Leaflets are oblong to oblanceolate in outline, entire, and glabrous. Flowers are produced in long-peduncled terminal ovoid or ovid-conic spikes. The interfloral bracts are equal to or longer than the calyx, ciliate along margins, with tips recurved in bud. The calyx is pubescent and deeply incised on upper side. The lobes are shorter than the tube. The corolla is white in color with an obovate scoop-shaped standard petal. The fruit is an indehiscent 1-seeded legume partly or completely enclosed in the persistent calyx." (webref: 51). "Perennial herbs. Stems spreading or decumbent, 0.4-0.8 m tall, glabrous, branching below middle, sparsely foliose with widely spaced leaves that usually lack axillary fascicles." (reslit: 2888).

"Sprawling White Tassels is a native herbaceous perennial in the Bean family (Fabaceae). It is native to the southern-most counties of Alabama. Sprawling White Tassels occurs in pitcher-plant bogs, in moist pine savannahs, and on moist, sandy roadsides." (webref: 51).

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Notes: "Stems spreading or decumbent, 0.4-0.8 m tall." (reslit: 2888).
Leaf: "Leaflets 5 (-7), oblong to oblanceolate, 7-17 mm long, 0.9-5.7 mm wide, flat or folded." (reslit: 2888). "Leaves are alternate, petiolate, odd-pinnate, with 5-7 leaflets. The leaves are small and widely spaced along the stem. Leaflets are oblong to oblanceolate in outline, entire, and glabrous." (webref: 51).
Flower: "Inflorescence spikes glabrous, 0.71.5 cm long, ovoid or ovid-conic; peduncles 415 cm long; involucre bracts absent; interfloral bracts equal or longer than calyces, tips recurved in bud, ciliate along margins. Calyces 2.93.3 mm long, villosulous, deeply incised on upper side, lobes subulate, subequal, shorter than tube. Corolla 3.84.5 mm long, nonpapilionaceous, white, standard obovate, scoop-shaped; stamens 5." (reslit: 2888). "Flowers are produced in long-peduncled terminal ovoid or ovid-conic spikes. The interfloral bracts are equal to or longer than the calyx, ciliate along margins, with tips recurved in bud. The calyx is pubescent and deeply incised on upper side. The lobes are shorter than the tube. The corolla is white in color with an obovate scoop-shaped standard petal." (webref: 51).
Fruit: "The fruit is an indehiscent 1-seeded legume partly or completely enclosed in the persistent calyx.". (webref: 51).

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: "The corolla is white in color with an obovate scoop-shaped standard petal." (webref: 51).

Distribution

USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS
Native Distribution: "Native of southern Alabama, western Florida Panhandle, southwestern Louisiana, and southern Mississippi." (reslit: 2888).
Native Habitat: "Moist areas, wet pine savannahs." (reslit: 2888). " In pitcher-plant bogs, in moist pine savannahs, and on moist, sandy roadsides". (webref: 51).

Web Reference

Webref 51 - Alabama Plant Atlas (2020) Alabama Herbarium Consortium (AHC) and The University of West Alabama

Research Literature

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

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Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2020-12-07
Research By: JAM

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