Amorpha fruticosa false indigo Fabaceae AMFR (*); Bx, pb; NY; R, bm, c, cg, h, jl, lc, mls; 

Amorpha fruticosa.commons.wikimedia.org

Amorpha fruticosa.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Amorpha fruticosa is a colonial shrub to 4 m tall, branching. 

Leaves alternate, pinnate, leaflets 4-10 (or more) pairs, oblong, to 4 cm, dull green, tip rounded, slightly hairy below, leaf stalk to 5 cm, leaflet stalks very short, hair. 

Amorpha fruticosa flowers. commons.wikimedia.org

Amorpha fruticosa flowers. commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 8/2017).

Flowers purple, to 0.6 cm, one petal, folded, in narrow, unbranched, dense clusters 6-20 cm long, May-June. 

Fruit pods to 0.9 x 0.4 cm ripening Aug., 1-seeded, dispersed by animals. 

Wetland status: FACW. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native N. & W of NYC. 

Habitat: Moist to wet, open, disturbed, areas. Often near the shore.