Aeschynomene indica L. - Southern Joint Vetch
Family - Fabaceae
Stipule of leaf.
Flowering - July - November.
Habitat - Ditches, marshes, disturbed wet areas, lake and pond margins.
Origin - Native to North America. Also found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Old and New World.
Other information - This species can be found in southern Alabama. The plant can be identified by its erect stems, many leaflets per leaf, and stiped fruits. The leaflets range in size from 2.5-13mm long and 1-2.5mm broad and have a single midrib (median nerve). The flowers are pale yellow and the fruits have segments ranging in size from 4-5mm wide.
Photographs taken at Arkansas Post National Memorial, AR., 8-31-06.