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Leaflets of 3

Posted by jekeesl Central AR 7b (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 22, 12 at 14:14

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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RE: Leaflets of 3

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.


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RE: Leaflets of 3

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


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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???


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


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


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


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


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