Fabaceae / Pea
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Similar Species: Trailing Fuzzybean or Sand Bean,
Strophostyles helvula, better known as Trailing Wild Bean, Has a very similar flower but wider more pear
shaped leaflets and prefers damper areas especially shores. Piper Slickseed Fuzzybean (Strophostyles
leiosperma) is quite hairy and has a smaller flower and narrow leaflets. Its range is more limited only extending as far
south as central Alabama.
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves