Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Illinois Bundleflower - Desmanthus illinoensis   (Michaux) MacMillan
Members of Fabaceae:
Only member of Desmanthus in NC.
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Author(Michaux) MacMillan
DistributionCollected from Guilford County in 1985 by J. MacDougal and in Durham County in 2011 by Milo Pyne. Specimens from Iredell and Orange counties were grown at an Experiment Station and a Soil Conservation Service nursery, respectively.

Native of the Midwest U.S., scattered adventive records eastward.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatEmpty lot (Greensboro, Guilford Co.), roadside at railroad tracks (Durham, Durham Co.).
PhenologyFlowering June-July.
IdentificationIllinois Bundleflower somewhat resembles Mimosa microphylla, but it stands erect (2-3 feet tall), lacks prickles along the branches, and the flower heads are whitish (vs. pink in that species).
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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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