Amorpha canescens Pursh
Family: Fabaceae
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Derek Anderson  
Etymology: Amorpha: from a Greek word amorphos signifying "deformed," an allusion to the single petal of the flower
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-40" tall shrub; stems branched, spreading
Leaves: pinnately-divided into 13-20 pairs of dense, silvery leaflets, blackening when dried
Flowers: purple, 5-parted, 1/4" long, stamens bright orange, only 1 petal; inflorescence 2"-6", spike-like clusters (racemes) in groups of 5-20 mostly at the ends of the stem; blooms June-July
Fruits: oblong, curved, small, hard pod with 1-2 seedsfruit drawing
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native