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American Hogpeanut - Amphicarpaea bracteata


Family: Fabaceae - Pea family Genus Common Name: Hogpeanut Native Status: Native
Amphicarpaea bracteata - American Hogpeanut. This thin-stemmed twisting vine is the only species in the Amphicarpaea genus, a member of the Pea family. It twists around other plants and on fences, reaching up to 6 feet in length.

This plant produces flowers along the stem/vine, shown on these pages, and also at the base of the stem. These basal flowers produce an edible bean-like fruit, which apparently can be quite tasty when cooked. Sometimes these fruits develop underground, similarly to a peanut.

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Distribution of Amphicarpaea bracteata in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 15 Dec 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2009-September-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
This blossom cluster is from the tiny vine. The larger stem is a ragweed.
Amphicarpaea bracteata

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2009-September-16Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
American Hogpeanut has alternating leaves with three leaflets, and clusters of white to pink flowers. This thin vine had climbed up a ragweed stalk and then hopped over to this fence.
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Amphicarpaea bracteata

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