Amphicarpaea bracteata
(Hog Peanut)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Hog Peanut, American Hog Peanut
    Synonyms: Amphicarpaea monoica
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Amphicarpaea bracteata, or Hog Peanut, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in moist open woods, as well as woodland edges, open woods and stream banks. It blooms in mid to late summer, on a vine with pinkisk-purple flowers. The plant is typically an annual, though it can occasionally live longer than one season.

Although this is the only member of its genus, as a member of the large pea family, there are other similar species, but this one can be differentiated by its fruits - the plant produces flowers on its vines, but also, produces small flowers at or under the ground that do not open, but self-pollinate and these produce large seeds that are edible. This is similar to Apios americana, but it has dark pink flowers that are shaped differently, and its fruits are part of its roots, and they are usually much deeper underground, though some do end up near the surface as well.

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