CPC Plant Profile: Georgia Leadplant
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Georgia Leadplant (Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana)

Photo Credit: Michael Kunz, NCBG
  • Global Rank: T2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • State: GA, NC, SC
  • Nature Serve ID: 158597
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Small woody shrub with stems to 100cm (~3 feet).  Leaves 18 cm and alternate.  Leaflets 11-47, 0.6-1.2 cm long, oblong, midvein extending slightly to a sharp point.  Racemes 2.5 - 7 cm long, flowers purple, stamens orange.  Fruit a woody, single seeded pod 0.5 cm long.  

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Taxon Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana
Authority Wilbur
Family Fabaceae
CPC Number 9545
ITIS 182060
Common Names
Associated Scientific Names Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana
Distribution Amorpha gorgiana var. georgiana is endemic to the Sandhills and Coastal Plain of NC, SC, and GA.  Considered an imperiled species with less than 80 total occurrences world-wide.  Currently, there are 4 known populations in GA, 3 in SC and10 in NC, with approximately 2/3 of the known sites in NC.
State Rank
State State Rank
Georgia S1
North Carolina S2
South Carolina S1

Amorpha gorgiana var. georgiana is found in wet pine flatwoods on ancient river terraces and along swamp margins associated with longleaf pine savannas.


Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting
North Carolina Botanical Garden and US Army Corps of Engineers CERL North Carolina Reintroduction 2012

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