Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Spiked Hoary-pea
Tephrosia spicata
Family: Fabaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S1S2

Sandy fields, open woods, and barrens.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late August.
Fruiting Period: Early July to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species is distinguished from other legumes by the linear stipules and flowers are white becoming pink with age. The legume is flat. Leaves have numerous straight parallel veins and without tendrils. T. spicata is distinguished from the more common T. virginiana in that the inflorescence occurs opposite the leaves and the flowers are uniformly one color whereas T. virginiana has bi-colored flowers (yellow and pink).

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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