Pediomelum digitatum

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Scientific Name Pediomelum digitatum USDA PLANTS Symbol PED19
Common Name Palmleaf Indian Breadroot, Palmleaf Scurfpea ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 504176
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains (3500 to 4800 ft.); sandy or clay soils in open areas in prairies, valleys, hillsides.
Plant: Perennial with erect or ascending, pubescent stems 12 to 32 inches tall; branching in upper portions.
Leaves: Alternate, palmately-divided leaves with 3 to 5 leaflets that are linear or linear-oblanceolate and 5/8 to 1-5/8 inches long and ~1/4-inch or less wide; leaflet surfaces are gland-dotted, the upper mostly hairless and the lower with appressed hairs; tip rounded or pointed and often with a short spine; petioles are 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long; lanceolate stipules ~1/4 inch long.
Inflorescence: Interrupted, slender spike-like raceme at the ends of long stalks arising from leaf axils; 3 to 11 pea-like flowers are blue, purple, rarely white, fading to yellowish-brown; banner ~1/2 inch across and wings ~1/4 inch long; calyx tube ~1/8 inch long or less with 5 pointed lobes, glandular and silky-hairy.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon and Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native



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