The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
The conservation of Baptisia arachnifera is fully sponsored.
Duncan contributed to this Plant Profile.
Perennial herb, 15 - 32 inches tall (40 - 80 cm), all parts covered with white, cobwebby hairs. Leaves - 2⅜ inches (2 - 6 cm) long and - 2 inches (1.5 - 5 cm) wide, simple, alternate, oval to broadly heart-shaped. Flowers yellow, typical of pea flowers with an upright banner petal and 2 wing petals enclosing a keel petal; flowers in elongated clusters at the ends of stems. Fruit a tough, round pod, - ⅝ inch long, with a curving tip that is nearly as long as the pod.
Distribution & Occurrence
well-drained, sandy ridges in open pine-palmetto flatwoods found on sandy soils in open, pine flatwoods, persisting on intensively managed slash pine plantations, and along road and powerline rights-of-way where competitors (invading woody plants) are kept under control
|26 populations in Brantley and Wayne Counties, GA but the populations are declining.|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Ceska, J.F., J.M. Affolter, and J.L. Hamrick. 1997. Developing a sampling strategy for Baptisia arachnifera based on allozyme diversity. Conservation Biology 11(5): 1133-1139.
Handalay, D. 1997. Seed germination and micropropagation of the endangered legume Baptisia arachnifera. M.S. Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens. (not published, copy of thesis available upon request from SBGG).