Aeschynomene indica L.

Southern Joint Vetch

Aeschynomene indica plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Aeschynomene indica stem

Leaves - No info yet.

Aeschynomene indica stipule

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Aeschynomene indica inflorescence

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Aeschynomene indica calyxCalyx.

Aeschynomene indica flower

Aeschynomene indica fruitDeveloping fruit.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Ditches, marshes, swamps, pond and lake margins.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species has only been recently reported in two or three Missouri counties. It is much more common in states to the southeast of Missouri. The plant can be identified by its erect stems, many leaflets per leaf, and stiped fruits. The leaflets range in size from 2.5-13mm long and 1-2.5mm broad and have a single midrib (median nerve). The flowers are pale yellow and the fruits have segments ranging in size from 4-5mm wide.

Photographs taken at Arkansas Post National Memorial, AR., 8-31-06.