Stems very slender, simple or somewhat branched, twining and climbing over herbs and shrubs, 1 to 6 feet long, more or less pubescent. Leaves with three rhombic-ovate or broadly ovate leaflets pointed at the apex, rounded at the base, 1 to 3 inches long. Flowers purplish or nearly white in axillary, slender-stalked clusters or racemes. In the lower axils are solitary, apetalous, fertile flowers. Calyx of the petaliferous flowers four to five-toothed, tubular; the oblong wings of the corolla curved and adherent to the recurved, blunt keel and inclosed by the erect, obovate standard; pods oblong-lanceolate, pointed and hairy, about I inch long.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 118

A. Wild OR hog; peanut Falcata comosa

A. Wild OR hog; peanut Falcata comosa

In moist, shaded places, New Brunswick to Florida, west to Manitoba, Nebraska and Louisiana. Flowering from early in August until late in September.

Falcata pitcheri (Torrey & Gray) Kuntze, very closely related to the preceding species, has leaves of a firmer texture and the stems, petioles and flowering stalks villous-pubescent with conspicuous brown hairs.