Baptisia leucophaea Nutt.  
Family: Fabaceae
cream wild indigo, long-bracted wild indigo, plains wild indigo
[Baptisia bracteata var. glabrescens (Larisey) Isely, Baptisia bracteata var. laevicaulis Muhl. ex Elliott, Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea Muhl. ex Elliott, Baptisia leucophaea var. glabrescens Nutt.]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Baptisia: from Greek baptizein, "to dye," for the use of this plant for a poor indigo dye
Plants: erect, perennial, 10"-32" tall, fuzzy forb; plant breaks easily when dry and is tumbled by the wind
Leaves: palmately-divided into 3-5 leaflets with the stipules at the base appearing as 2 additional leaflets, dries to a gray-black color
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long, stalks 1/2"-1 1/2" long; inflorescence a 4"-8" long, drooping cluster (raceme) with the small, permanent leaves (bracts) below the inflorescence greater than 1/2" long"; blooms May-June
Fruits: elliptical, fuzzy pod with a pointed beak fruit drawing
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Mark Mittelstadt  
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Kyle Steele  
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Merel R. Black  
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