desert false indigo Fabaceae Amorpha fruticosa L. Listen to the Latin   symbol: AMFR
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Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, to 10 inches long, up to 35 leaflets per leaf, each leaflet elliptical with an entire margin and on a petiole, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, dull green above and light green below, usually glabrous, a slender stipule is present with young leaves.
Flower: Borne on tall (to 6 inch), slender spikes at the ends of the twigs, deep purple-blue with long bright orange or yellow anthers, appearing mid-summer, opening from base to tip.

Fruit: Best described as tiny cucumbers, bright green and drying to brown, from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.

Twig: Moderate, gray-brown and somewhat grooved below the nodes, may be covered in fine white pubescence, buds are small, gray-brown and appressed.

Bark: Smooth and gray.

Form: A multi-stem suckering shrub to 10 feet tall and nearly as wide, often described as "leggy".
 
Looks like: pea tree - black locust - rattlebox
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Amorpha fruticosa can be found (opens a new window). USDA Plants Database
Amorpha fruticosa is native to North America.

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