Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers.  
Family: Fabaceae
goat's-rue, rabbit-pea, Virginia tephrosia
[Cracca latidens Small, Cracca mohrii Rydb., Cracca virginiana L., Tephrosia holosericea Nutt., Tephrosia latidens (Small) Standl., Tephrosia mohrii (Rydb.) Godfrey, Tephrosia virginiana var. glabra (L.) Pers., Tephrosia virginiana var. holosericea (L.) Pers.]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Tephrosia: Greek tephros meaning "ash-colored or hoary"
Plants: erect to drooping, perennial, 8"-28" tall forb; 1 to several, usually unbranched stems with dense, fine hairs; long roots
Leaves: pinnately-divided into an odd number (15-25) of leaflets
Flowers: pink and yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long; inflorescence a 1"-2" tall, stalked cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: long, narrow, hairy pods coiling when open
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; woods, inland sands, prairies; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Richard Vogt  
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Emily J. Lain  
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Emily J. Lain  
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