Glycyrrhiza lepidota Pursh  
Family: Fabaceae
American licorice, wild licorice
[Glycyrrhiza glutinosa Nutt., Glycyrrhiza lepidota var. glutinosa Pursh]
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Derek Anderson  
Etymology: Glycyrrhiza: from Greek glykys, "sweet," and rhiza, "a root," and referring to the root of G. glabra which is the source of commercial licorice
Plants: perennial, up to 40" tall forb, younger parts and bottom of leaflets covered with dot-like glands; clone forming, creeping roots
Leaves: pinnately-divided into an odd number of leaflets (11-19)
Flowers: pale yellow to bluish, 5-parted, 1/2" long; inflorescence a dense, conical-shaped cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers, clusters near or below the upper leaves; blooms May-June
Fruits: brown, 1/2" pod with hooked prickles fruit drawing
Habitat: moist; prairies and along railroads
Conservation Status: Special Concern
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Derek Anderson  
Glycyrrhiza lepidota image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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