Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Soybean - Glycine max   (L.) MerrillOnly member of Glycine in NC.
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Author(L.) Merrill
DistributionScattered across the state. Most collections from Orange County (Chapel Hill) are viny and with different fruits; Duane Isely annotations suggest some other species.

Native of eastern Asia; in N.A. widely grown as a crop, locally escaped.
AbundanceRare.
HabitatRoadsides, old fields, railroads, old lime quarry (Madison Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-Ocrober.
IdentificationSoybean is a very familiar crop grown in large acreage in NC. It is an upright plant 12-18 inches tall. The leaves are divided into 3 ovate leaflets. The flowers are inconspicuous, 3-8 in axils of leafstalks. Fruits droop, tan to dusky color, in narrow pods of often 3 segments.
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