|Scientific Name||Pediomelum cuspidatum (Psoralea cuspidata)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PECU3|
|Common Name||Large-bract Indian Breadroot, Tall-bread Scurf-pea||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||504174|
|Description||Habitat: Dry, rocky or sandy, calcareous soils on prairies, gravelly hilltops and slopes, and stream valleys.
Plant: Usually prostrate to ascending, rarely erect, perennial; stems 12 to 24 inches long, branched above, slightly hairy or smooth.
Leaves: Alternate, palmately compound with 3 to 5 leaflets, elliptic or obovate, 1 to 2 inches long, 1/4 to 1/2-inch wide; hairless, gland-dotted upper surface, pubescent hairs below. Lower stipules 1/2-inch long and 1/4-inch wide, upper much narrower.
Inflorescence: Dense racemes 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches long of small pea-like flowers 1/2 to 3/4-inch long on short peduncles, blue to purple; bell-shaped calyx less than 1/2-inch long with 5 sharply-pointed lobes, the lowest being longer than the rest, smooth or somewhat hairy.
Bloom Period: May and June.
Fruit: Pods less than 1/3-inch long, enclosed in enlarged calyx with small curved beak 2 mm long.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Montana Field Guide and Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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