Leaflets of 3

jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)December 22, 2012

These plants were in rosettes 4 to 6 inches across, with stems only about 1 inch off the ground. They were on a roadside, shaded bank, in dry ground that was mostly shale.

Leaves were in whorls of 3. They appeared to be alternating, with 2 on one side, opposing the 3rd, and then switching 180 degrees around the stem. Leaves were only about 0.050 inch wide by 0.180 inch long, with tiny stipules at their base. The whitish stuff on the plant in the 1st photo is frost, since it was just 25F this morning when the photos were taken.

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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Sorry this stayed up so long. I was away and without the login info. I'll recheck this in the spring when it has flowers.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 8:18AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

why are you sorry????

i am amazed you stumped them .. first time in a decade ... and not a single answer.. let alone a guess ..

my world is shattered .... at their failure ..

ken

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 12:11PM
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trianglejohn

Flowers would help but I'm gonna guess that it's some form of Heathclover or Psoralea or Lespedeza. Maybe smaller than normal because of drought???

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 1:41PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Thanks TJ. Doesn't look like Psoralea or Lespedeza. Couldn't find Heathclover - got a scientific name?

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:44AM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

I believe this plant may be the basal rosette for Lechea tenuifolia (Narrowleaf Pinweed).

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 8:34AM
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esh_ga

That looks likely. I identified a pinweed once and it sure looks very similar to that.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 1:51PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Thanks esh. I'll revisit in early summer to confirm.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 2:17PM
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