Spiked Hoary Pea - Loose Flower Goat's Rue
Tephrosia spicata - (Walter) Torrey & A. Gray
Fabaceae (Pea) Family
Plant is a spreading, hairy, branched perennial. Preferred habitat is dry woods, pine woods and disturbed places. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are four to six inches long and made up of 5-14 leaflets; small (about one-half inch long) arranged on opposite sides of the stem (paired); hairy; short stalked; oval; no teeth and no lobes.
Flowers are white, turning pink or red after pollination; solitary or two to three on a long stem. The upper standard (petal) is about one-half inch long and narrow. The wide lower rounded lip is about one-half inch long and equally as wide (symmetrical); two upper petals are narrow and clasping the keel. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.
Fruit is a legume.