Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Georgia Indigo-bush - Amorpha georgiana   Wilbur
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DistributionStrictly in the southern half of the Coastal Plain, mainly in the Sandhills but also at a couple sites in the southeastern corner of the state (i.e., Holly Shelter Game Land).

This species is a southeastern Atlantic Coast endemic, ranging from southeastern NC southward into southeastern GA.
AbundanceRare, though can be locally fairly common in a few places in the Sandhills region. Very rare in eastern Coastal Plain counties. This is a State Endangered species.
HabitatIn the Sandhills, it occurs mostly on sandy river terraces of blackwater rivers and streams, but farther to the southeast it occurs mostly in the ecotones between savannas and pocosins.
PhenologyBlooms from late April into June, but mainly in May; fruits from July to October.
IdentificationThis is a low deciduous shrub growing only to about 2-3 feet on average. As with A. confusa, it often occurs in colonies. It has smaller leaflets than that species, with leaflets usually less than 1/2-inch long; the flowers are purple (instead of blue); it bloom several weeks or a month earlier than that species; and there is usually a single raceme at a branch tip. Most occurrences are close to blackwater creeks and streams, or in ecotones, often on sloping ground; it often grows more under shade or partial shade than does A. confusa.
Taxonomic CommentsThough known as Amorpha georgiana for many decades, until recently this name also included the distinctly different A. confusa. Some references still do not separate these as valid species, but biologists familiar with both know well that these are separate and good species.

Other Common Name(s)Georgia False Indigo, Georgia Lead-plant
State RankS2
Global RankG3T2 [G2]
State StatusE
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B.A. SorrieHoke County, 2014, Fort Bragg, mesic terrace by Little River. HokePhoto_natural
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